Lauren Irwin
Lauren  Irwin

Lauren Irwin

Cohort: 2018

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Anthropology and Education Studies

M.A., Michigan State University
Student Affairs Administration

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Higher Education

Research Interest

Leadership development, Critical Whiteness Studies, equity and inclusion 

Lauren Irwin

Lauren Irwin is a doctoral student in the Urban Education Policy - Higher Education program in the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Lauren’s research focuses on the ways whiteness and white supremacy shape co-curricular educational experiences on college campuses. Specifically, Lauren is interested in exploring how individuals make meaning of systemic white supremacy and work to dismantle white supremacy in their work, in order to create more inclusive and just educational spaces and programs. Lauren earned an MA in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University and a BA in Anthropology and Education Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Professional Experience:

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

  • Lead Coordinator, Center for Leadership, 2017-2018
  • Coordinator, Center for Leadership, 2015-2017

Michigan State University

  • Assistant Community Director, Residential Education & Housing Services, 2013-2015
  • Intern, Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience, 2014-2015
  • Academic Mentor, Student Athlete Support Services, 2013-2014

University of South Carolina

  • Intern, Office of Student Engagement, 2014

University of California, Los Angeles

  • Assistant Resident Director, Office of Residential Life, 2012-2013

Honors and Awards:

2017, California College Personnel Association - Outstanding New Professional 

2014, Max Raines Award for Outstanding First Year in Student Affairs Administration

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