Rachel Gentry
Candidate for JD, Southern University Law Center

Rachel Gentry is a 3rd year law student at Southern University Law Center from Houston, TX. She received her bachelor's in Sociology from Louisiana State University in 2016. Prior to law school, she served in the Army National Guard's 1084th Transportation Co., achieving the rank of Specialist.

During her tenure at the law school, Ms. Gentry has worked in the Louisiana State Capitol as a Legislative Aide to State Senator Karen Carter Peterson during the 2018 Legislative Session and in the 2019 Legislative Session she worked for the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus as a Legislative Fellow. In September of 2019, she was honored as a White House Initiative on HBCUs Competitiveness Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education based on her academic achievement, campus and civic involvement and entrepreneurial ethos or "go-getter" spirit.

At Southern University Law Center, Ms. Gentry has served as the Student Bar Association's Evening Division Representative by ensuring that the needs of the non-traditional law students at her campus were voiced and helped to make changes to advance the program in the right directions. In addition, she has become the co-chair of the OUTLaw organization on campus to advance the LGBTQ community and educate fellow law students about the LGBTQ community with regard to culture and politics. During the summer of 2019, she was an intern for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. where she worked closely with the Continuity Programs personnel and gained knowledge about the monetary policy in the United States.

Ms. Gentry is currently working for the Louisiana Board of Regents doing policy and legislative affairs research for Higher Education within the state. Her future career goals are to use her law degree in order to effectively impact the Policy and Governmental Affairs arena in the country. An additional career goal of hers is to assist "at-risk" students with furthering their education by providing the much-needed resources that they typically do not receive based on their geographic location and their economic status.