Service and Community Engagement

Lauren has been involved with the USF Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement since her first semester at USF. Additionally, for 2010-2011 Lauren volunteered weekly for the Refugee Youth and Family Program in Hillsborough County, as a mentor, tutor, and community guide for a newly arrived family of refugees from Iraq, and a group of young children from Burma. 

Particularly at USF, Lauren has served on the executive board for Bulls Service Breaks, the university's alternative service break program. Lauren worked diligently as the Site Research Chair for 2011-2012, and as a trip site leader for a spring break trip to one of the USA's

 poorest urban areas- East St. Louis, Illinois. As the Site Research Chair, Lauren was responsible for the logistics
of 17 sites, including domestic and international service destinations. Lauren also assisted with human resources throughout the fall semester, and successfully mobilized over 200 students to participate in a Bulls Service Breaks experience. The service trips reflect the diverse and expansive community engagement interests of students at USF, and can range in their social issues from youth and education, environment, LGBT advocacy, public health, and community development, just to name a few. 

Lauren's experience with Bulls Service Breaks has been one of the most rewarding things she has done while at USF. As a site leader in East St. Louis, and a participant on her first trip to Georgetown, South Carolina, Lauren has been able to educate herself on the social and economic challenges that people face in the USA everyday. 

Lauren plans to continue to work with Bulls Service Breaks in the future, and hopes to lead another trip next year. 

Besides BSB, Lauren has worked on the CLCE Boards Student Council, which seeks to facilitate cooperation among the various initiatives in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, and connect civic minded student leaders at USF. She is a Green and Gold Guide for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and volunteers as a campus tour guide and student admissions representative for prospective student recruitment. 

Lauren was also selected as the USF undergraduate representative for the Florida Campus Compact 2012 Student Scholar's Institute in Tallahassee in February 2012. This year she has worked with homeless youth in a mentoring partnership with The Kosove Society and Lazy Days Youth Development/ Hillsborough Kids, and interned with the Florida House of Representatives in the office of Representative Janet Cruz, District 58 of Tampa.