St. James scholar adds to St. John family resources

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cynthia Lewis Clifton, a native of St. James Parish, is currently the Associate Extension Agent FCS for St. John Parish. Her focus is in the areas of child and family development, family resource management and nutrition and health.  Her job allows her to interact with agencies, organizations and groups to strengthen areas of cooperation in the parish. 

“I am eager to work cooperatively with parish, district and state level officials including other extension faculty,” Clifton commented.

Clifton attended LSU and graduated as a Paralegal in 1995.  In 1996, she attended Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2000. She then decided to further her education and attended Southern University New Orleans and received her master’s degree in social work in 2002.

She is a member of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science.  She served as BSW Student Representative Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers Louisiana Chapter (NASW-LA) from 1997 – 1999.  She was nominated, constituted and appointed as Probation Officer for the Juvenile Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge by Judge Salvadore Mule’ from 2001 – 2002.

Clifton was on the National Dean’s List in 1999.  She was on the College Dean’s List in the spring and fall of 1998 and spring of 1999.  She placed second in the Louisiana Association of Minority Presenters (LAMP) in 2000.  She also presented a research paper at the 2001 NASW-LA Annual Conference during graduate school.