Amari Fall, undergraduate senior double-majoring in sociology and legal studies and president of the UB Sociology Club.
“While studying at UB, I’ve taken so many sociology classes that have left a profound impact on both my academic experience, as well as in my personal life. Some of my favorite courses include Law and Society, Families & Public Policy, Social Research Methods, Classical Sociological Theory and Criminal Justice Systems. Coming to UB as a black queer kid from Harlem, I’ve had a great interest in social justice and addressing inequality. Through this program, I learned more about different structures of oppression, like patriarchy, white supremacy– and the effects they have on all facets of our lives.
"During my time here, I’ve had different sorts of experiences with marginalized communities. I worked as a direct support professional at an agency that provides in-home services for children with disabilities. I taught children with developmental disabilities a variety of skills including social skills, self-care, and travel training. While interning at the Buffalo City Court, I was able to observe the ongoing workings of various courts including Criminal, Arraignment, Domestic Violence, DWI, Drug & Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Opioid, Civil, and Housing Court. I was able to use the knowledge I acquired surrounding legal procedures and different types of laws and apply that information to my other courses. I currently volunteer at the Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York (GLYS) and serve as the president of the UB Sociology Club. Although majoring in legal studies has given me a lot of insight on how the justice system works as well as the legal process, sociology gave more depth to different problems that exist in spite of or even because of the legal system. This has further motivated me to try to create change through law and policy. I hope to get both a masters in social policy and a joint law and masters in social work. My career goals include providing legal services -among other things- for marginalized groups, specifically the Black and Brown LGBT community and eventually participating in policy making."