We’d like to welcome Lauren Krznarich as the new Associate Director of the Civic Leaders Center! Her first day was July 5 and we are still celebrating her arrival. In preparation for the new and returning Civic Leaders to arrive to campus, we wanted to share a little bit of information about Lauren.
Lauren is new to both Indiana and IU Bloomington. She last lived in Commerce, TX, and worked at Texas A&M University-Commerce as the Assistant Director of Leadership Engagement & Development (L.E.A.D.). In her role, she coordinated and taught a First Year Leadership Class Living Learning Community, planned a yearly leadership conference for 90 students, facilitated a global leadership program that traveled internationally each year, and help out with many other initiatives in her department and across campus. She brings this multitude of experience into her role with the CLC.
Originally, Lauren is from Phillips, WI, a small town in the northern part of the state. She then completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and German with a minor in Intercultural Communication. Her master’s degree is in College Counseling and Student Development. She was highly involved during both her undergraduate and graduate career with programs like First Year Experience, New Student Orientation, Welcome Weekend, Multicultural Student Services, and Education Abroad.
Lauren’s current professional interests include leadership education, global education, service learning, and peer-to-peer learning. She’s presented on both a local and national level regarding best practices, including at the NASPA Annual Conference and Leadership Educators Institute. She’s excited to bring her passion and expertise of student development to the CLC and the students involved in the program.
When she has time, Lauren enjoys spending time outdoors, biking, cooking, baking, traveling, attending soccer games with her son, and relaxing with her two cats and husband. Lauren speaks German fluently, has traveled to 12 countries so far, and loves to learn about new places, cultures, languages, and people. Lauren’s favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi
Be sure to stop by her office in Briscoe A122 when you’re back on campus and introduce yourself! In addition, Lauren’s contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-855-2242.