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Shaylyn Cochran

Shaylyn Cochran

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Former Templeton Scholar and Harvard Law graduate to speak at Kushinda


Shaylyn Cochran, an Ohio University and Harvard Law School graduate, will deliver the keynote address at Ohio University's annual Kushinda and Ritos De Pasaje Graduation Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. 

Kushinda/Ritos de Pasaje is a complement to the traditional graduation ceremony that is designed for multicultural graduates to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements. Faculty, staff, parents, family and friends gather to celebrate the graduates' accomplishments.

Cochran is a 2007 graduate of Ohio University who was president of the Black Student Communication Caucus, a staff writer for The Post and a member of Senior Class Council and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Phi Chapter. 

She later served as a 2008 Ohio Legislative Fellow with the Legislative Service Commissions and went on to earn her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2011, where she was awarded the Dean's Award for Community Leadership. While in law school, she committed herself to social justice issues through her service as a family law legal aid attorney and a mentor to local high school students. She spent the early part of her legal career working on civil rights issues with a focus on litigating employment and housing discrimination matters. She is an associate at the law firm of Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll in Washington, D.C. where she practices in the Civil Rights and Employment Group. 

"Shaylyn has done so many amazing things. As an Ohio University and Harvard Law graduate, I'm excited to see what she has to say to motivate us in our entrance into the real world" said Seyi Odunaiya, a member of the Kushinda planning committee. "Kushinda is important because over the past four years we've built a relationship with each other, we've seen each other's highs and low. That's what makes this community special to all of us."

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs.