Lawson Hardrick III

Lawson is a member of the California Forward Young Leaders Advisory Council and co-author of the Council’s Call to Action: An Intergenerational Approach to a Sustainable Future. He currently serves as president of the Associated Students of San Diego State University, Imperial Valley (SDSU, IV). As a student leader in his final year, he is acutely aware of the impacts of limited broadband access on underserved communities. Hardrick insists that connectivity and continuous efforts to enhance the student experience are directly related to student success. He has been invited to facilitate a public discussion hosted by the California Emerging Technology Fund to engage legislators about the state’s next steps in closing the digital divide. In addition to his role in student government, he is also leading a task force composed of local LGBT stakeholders through Imperial County’s only LGBT nonprofit organization. He aims to increase mental health equity in the Imperial Valley for members of LGBT community who have been historically underserved and inappropriately served.