FLORENCE – Francis Marion University’s Director of Counseling and Testing and Psychology Professor Rebecca Lawson has become the first recipient of the FMU African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition Diversity Award. The award seeks to recognize a faculty or staff member for their significant contributions to enhance the university’s diversity and inclusiveness.
"On behalf of the award selection committee, I would like to offer our personal congratulations on this well-deserved honor," Howard Brown, chair of the Diversity Award Committee. “Dr. Lawson’s efforts directly relate to the long-term development of the students she mentors and their subsequent success testifies to this. In addition, she has encouraged through collaboration and participation in varied campus activities and events, cooperation and enhanced greater levels of understanding between individuals and groups that are culturally different.”
Before coming to the university in 1997, Lawson served as senior clinician, psychiatric emergency room, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. She earned her Ph.D. degree (1996) and her M.S. degree (1992), both in clinical psychology, from the University of Wyoming. She also holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Hanover College in Indiana.
Recipients of the FMU African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition Diversity Award are people who routinely and voluntarily make diversity and inclusion a priority in much of what they do or people whose major responsibilities are implementing gender diversity and inclusion initiatives, but consistently explore ways to go above and beyond expectations.
The award was presented to Lawson at the 9th Annual Banquet held Thursday, Feb. 11. The speaker for this event was Sen. Gerald Malloy, representing District 29.
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