A St. Lawrence University student has won an award given in the Canton community for being an effective leader for social change.

Natali Smith '01, of Rochester, New York, won the Rachel Somers Grant Award, given by the Canton Unitarian-Universalist Church recently. The award honors the memory of the late wife of Professor of English J. Kerr Grant, who was involved in a number of community groups and believed in grassroots movements as an effective means of achieving change. Given each June, the award honors "an individual who has worked, as Rachel did, to make ours a more humane and progressive community."

Presenting the award to Smith, Dr. Grant commented that she is "A fierce enemy of indifference, a thorn in the side of complacency...someone who is willing not only to speak out about injustice and inequality, but to commit herself to making it possible for others to enter into debate about the issues."

Among the organizations and issues with which Smith has been involved are the Black Student Union; PRIDES (People Recognizing Individuality, Equality and the Diversity of Sexualities); the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance; St. Lawrence Activists for Global Equity; The Laurentian literary magazine; KSLU student radio station; Association for Campus Entertainment; the Thelomathesian Society (student government); and the Big Sister program.

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