Vanessa Lawson

Vanessa Lawson is a versatile, high energy, caring human being who enjoys collaborating, facilitating and educating. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Mount Saint Mary College through a New York State opportunity program and went on to graduate school to receive a Masters of Science degree in Forensic Psychology. 

She has a unique skill set developed through her experiences as a college athlete and coach, residential case worker, paraprofessional, federal correctional officer, higher education academic counselor, and program director. Through her professional journey, she has developed a high sense of commitment to help build and give back to her home community, Kingston, NY. 

She has fostered her passion for social justice and education through giving young people opportunities to grow within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ulster County, through her involvement in the LGBTQ Community for Racial Justice organization, her grassroots organizing with NYPIRG and in facilitating programs and workshops geared towards personal development, diversity and leadership. 

Vanessa is looking forward to using her knowledge, experience and creativity in assisting in the development and facilitation of trainings on equity and anti-oppression.  

Specialties: Appreciative advising; counseling; coaching; public speaking; outreach; teambuilding; positive thinking and the growth mindset; higher education; program planning and development; and youth development.