UCHastings Instagram

          What's on your #GratitudeTree? #UCH3
          Instagram Photo Likes feliperomerojr, mnguyen_ltd, alixgutmann and 21 others like this.
          Saturday, August 31, 2013

          2L Sohir Sumaya Albgal Profiled as Young Yemeni Breaking Education Barrier

          Homeschooled, Albgal, now a law student, is profiled in New America Media Aug. 31, 2013.

          Sample alt tag.
          Yemeni graduates, photo courtesy of AAYSP-Michigan Chapter

          Although Bay Area Yemenis live in one of the most inclusive, culturally diverse areas in the country, where women’s rights and women’s education were fought for and championed, they’re wary of what many perceive as a morally corrupt society.

          It’s the conundrum of being very conservative in the most liberal of places, and it doesn’t help that most Yemenis live in low-income inner city neighborhoods like East Oakland and San Francisco’s Tenderloin district -- places where teen pregnancy rates are high, gangs push drugs, and crime is rampant.

          2L Sohir Sumaya Albgal was homeschooled for half of junior high and high school because her family didn’t want her to go to schools in Richmond, Calif.; they weren’t comfortable sending her there. Like most girls in Yemeni families, she was shielded from public school, and then went to Yemen at age 18 to be married.

          “I think I chose it because it was a natural trajectory of the expectation my family set for me,” she says, “and also the way I understood my place as a Yemeni woman was: you get married, and that’s kind of where life begins.”

          For the majority of Yemeni women here, that’s also where the story ends -- at least in terms of education. But for Albgal, things were different. After she had her son in 2005, her parents agreed that she could try out community college.

          Albgal went on to community college, then UC Berkeley. She’s now a second year student at UC Hastings College of the Law. She says she’s the first woman in her community to graduate with a degree. A pioneer. 

          Read more about Yemeni women like Albgal in New America Media.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Monday, November 30, 2015

          Walter Moore ’92 is the Vanguard of Open Spaces

          As the president of Peninsula Open Space Trust, Moore has helped protect 75,000 acres of land in the Silicon Valley Area.
          Monday, November 30, 2015

          Maggie Goodrich ’04 Serves the Community as CIO of LAPD

          “A law degree gives you the foundation to do an unlimited number of things.”
          Monday, November 23, 2015

          UC Hastings Trial Team Wins ABA San Francisco Regional

          “There are teams that script themselves, with a speech they memorize word for word, and there are rare teams like ours, that don’t come with scripts.”
          Thursday, November 19, 2015

          Wu to Step Down as UC Hastings Chancellor and Dean

          Joint announcement from the UC Hastings Board of Directors and Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu
          Wednesday, November 18, 2015

          Manoj Viswanathan to Join UC Hastings Faculty

          Professor Viswanathan's research focuses on tax policy, economic development, and the regulation of tax-exempt organizations.
          Go to News Archive