Sheyla Lors is a Brooklyn, New York native who earned her bachelor’s degree in criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sheyla dedicated her high school and college years to serving her local community as a youth leader and liaison within the Haitian-American communities of five states and as an HIV Prevention Peer Educator.
Born to two Haitian immigrants who instilled in her the importance of education, Sheyla worked as a Business Control Assistant at Nordea Bank Finland Plc, and was encouraged to attend law school by her supervisor. In August 2014, Sheyla made the decision to leave New York to attend UMass Law as a full-time student. Her studies led her to develop an interest in International and Human Rights Law, and strengthened her commitment to serving disenfranchised communities locally and overseas. After sitting for the bar examination this summer, Sheyla will be providing pro bono legal services to marginalized groups in Cape Town, South Africa.
At UMass Law, Sheyla served as Co-Chair for the inaugural year of the Law School Diversity and Inclusion Council and as a Senator for the Graduate Student Senate. She also served as the President of the Black Law Students Association, as well as the CNNE Sub-Regional Director for the National Black Law Students Association, Inc. In addition, Sheyla was an Academic Fellow and served as a Student Ambassador for the Admissions office, a Graduate Assistant, and an Instructional Assistant.