FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University presented the Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award to Laurice Snyder at its 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on January 20.
Snyder has been the Supervisor of Community Education Services for the Fond du Lac School District since 2007. Her position includes providing support for students and families of color who are living in poverty, homeless or identified as "at-risk." She also provides case-management support at the micro-level as well as at the macro-level to address policies and practices regarding responsiveness to the racial and cultural needs of students and families served by the district.
Some of her work includes chairing the district's Equity Leadership Team for the Wisconsin Consortium on Racial Equity in K-12 education; coordinating, developing and providing culturally responsive professional growth opportunities; advocating for equitable access to programs and services that promote college and career readiness for under-represented populations; coordinating tutoring, mentoring and transitioning services with community partners; and developing outlets for the voices of students and families of underserved populations to be heard in the community at both the micro and macro level. She also serves as a board member for the Fond du Lac Area United Way and as a board member and grants chairperson for the Fond du Lac Area Women's Fund.
Snyder was nominated for this award by Fond du Lac School District Superintendent Dr. James Sebert, who said, "Due to her leadership, we are consistently having more courageous conversations about race within the District. This has been monumental as we work to create deeper awareness, build cultural competency and close opportunity and achievement gaps."