San Diego State UniversityTrustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson Scholar
Lawson Hardrick III was raised in one of the most economically depressed and homogeneous areas in the country. Identifying as Black, Latinx and queer, he grew up under the threat of frequent bullying and found it difficult to find a sense of community. Following his father's incarceration, Lawson not only struggled to finish high school but was unsuccessful in his first attempt at community college.
Motivated by his own experiences and a desire to assist other students, Lawson graduated from San Diego State in 2021 with a double degree in psychology and public administration, while also serving as president of the SDSU Associated Students of Imperial Valley. During his tenure, funding was secured for the implementation of a food pantry, and he founded the Community Wellness Assistance Cohort.
Lawson is currently enrolled in SDSU's postsecondary educational leadership with a specialization in student affairs program.
Following graduation, Lawson plans to become a community change agent, working to overcome barriers and improve the quality of life in the communities he will continue to serve.