Innovative programs and responding to the needs of her clientele earned a University of Wyoming Extension educator the organization’s Diversity Enhancement Award.
Tina Russell, who serves the Wind River Reservation and Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties, was recognized Nov. 5 during extension’s annual training in Laramie. Russell, also a 4-H educator, is based in Ethete.
Russell’s specialties include agriculture and natural resources, forestry, energy efficiency and conservation and recycling education.
Her demeanor and persistence drew praise.
“She responds to the needs of her audience and collaborates well with community organizers and colleagues with quiet persistence, friendly professionalism and cultural understanding,” wrote one nominator.
She has many accomplishments. Russell assembled a committee of members of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes to generate the first Wind River Reservation Leadership Program.