UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Charisma Ricksy, a junior majoring in African American studies and criminology in the College of the Liberal Arts, is the recipient of the 2014 Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award.
The award recognizes a junior, senior or graduate student for outstanding efforts to enhance the understanding of diverse cultures and create a community where all individuals are accepted and valued equally. The award is named for its benefactor, a Penn State alumnus.
Ricksy serves as vice president of the University Park Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team, working with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to recruit and retain minority students. She is a Student Leadership Board member for the FastStart Mentoring Program, which pairs each first-year minority student with a faculty/staff mentor and an alumni mentor. For the American Association of University Women, she serves on the National Student Advisory Council, with the goal of raising awareness of women’s rights issues on college campuses around the country. This year, Ricksy is program coordinator for the Be Engaged House living option for first-year students in community service, leadership and social justice.
“She has achieved an outstanding academic record while working tirelessly to make the University a more welcoming and inclusive organization,” a nominator said.