University & Faith
2022 Laetare Medalist fights for her community
Meet Sharon Lavigne, founder and director of Rise St. James, a faith-based grassroots organization in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Lavigne takes on corporations building new facilities in areas where toxic emissions are already among the highest in the U.S.
"This is our land. This is our home, and I’m ready to fight. I’m ready to fight any industry that’s trying to come in here to take over our lives. Because it’s a death sentence for us if we don’t. We are fighting to live." — Sharon Lavigne, 2022 Laetare Medalist