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Alumna honored during MLK celebration

Lori Saroya '07 received the Governor's Distinguished Service Award Jan. 19.
Lori Saroya '07 received the Governor's Distinguished Service Award Jan. 19.
Photo: MN Council on the MLK Day Celebration

Lori Saroya '07, St. Catherine University alumna and co-founder of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), was presented with the Governor's Distinguished Service Award at the 2015 MLK Holiday Celebration Monday.

Governor Mark Dayton was joined by keynote speaker Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright, elected officials and his Council (that planned the Martin Luther King, Jr. statewide holiday event). 

WCCO-TV covered the celebration with this story.

More about Lori Saroya

Saroya co-founded CAIR-MN as a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group while a senior at St. Kate's. In 2014, the association handled more than 200 cases of employment discrimination, school bullying and harassment, and bias-motivated crimes, among others.

She served as executive director until January of this year, when she handed the reins of the organization to Jfaylani Hussein, formerly its outreach director.  The recipient of a prestigious Bush Fellowship, Saroya intends to pursue a graduate education in nonprofit management to advance Muslim civil liberties and address community needs. She earned a law degree in 2013.

She was presented with a St. Catherine University Alumnae Award in 2011 for her oustanding leadership and service. 

Jan. 20, 2015 by Julie Michener

See also: Alumnae/i, Leadership, Social Justice, Students