Soror Shaneka Lawson receives Forest Service Cultural Diversity Award

Dr. Shaneka Lawson, a USDA Forest Service Research Plant Physiologist and FNR adjunct assistant professor, was selected as the winner of the Cultural Diversity Award, which recognizes accomplishments that engage diverse abilities, skills, backgrounds, and cultures, and promote inclusion and cultural transformation. The recipient of this award demonstrates awareness of and serves as an advocate for the benefits of cultural transformation to further the Forest Service mission "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations."

"With the number of individuals and teams participating in volunteer efforts across the Northern Research Station, receiving this award was an unexpected honor," Lawson said. "I am thankful that colleagues at Purdue and connections within Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., provided me with opportunities to support the educational enrichment of local youth. I am also grateful for the journey of self-development I embark on during each effort. Volunteering taps into your creative side and pushes you to come up with unique ways to make each experience positive and memorable for all involved. I have accepted this award during National Volunteer Month not just for myself, but on behalf of everyone whose influence made it possible."

Soror Lawson currently holds the position of correspondence secretary. She previously held positions in Chi Phi Omega that included financial secretary, Ivy Leaf Reporter and target chair.

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Dr. Shaneka Lawson