Kristopher Hawkins, a Slippery Rock University music major from McKeesport, has received a $3,000 scholarship and a summer internship with the Human Rights Campaign as part of its diversity and inclusion program.
Based in Washington, D.C., the HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and represents more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide.
Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.
Hawkins is president of RockOut at SRU.
As a diversity intern, he will focus on projects that require significant research, tracking, assembling, multi-tasking, mailings and correspondence for the preparation for "Equality Leaders for the 21st Century" program, a personal leadership development program for HRC's volunteers and board members, support partnerships with the Latino/a community through the "Ya es Hora" civic engagement campaign with the HRC's volunteer corps of steering committees that work in a coalition of national and local organizations on campaigns that engage the Latino/a community to become full participants of U.S. democracy, and help in preparation for the HRC's July board meeting.
Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.