Lauren Schmidt

I am a graduate student in the Human Development Studies M.Ed. program. From a young age, I’ve always had a passion for connection and creating opportunities to better understand how we all engage in the world. Throughout my experiences in research, student development, and the non-profit sector, I’ve worked with vulnerable populations who are largely impacted by complex social problems. I feel that there are many ways we can improve the lack of equity found in every part of the world. I find value in examining issues systematically and subsequently critically analyzing where needs are not being met. My involvement at the TFC has allowed me to explore what can occur at the intersection of business and social change. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to expand my worldview and mindsets by working with individuals from diverse graduate programs across campus. The TFC empowers individuals to better understand themselves, examine the value of impact, and create opportunities to invest in the needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations. I am grateful to serve as a board member for the 2019-2020 year! I hope to continue to promote our brand identity, create awareness, and engage in outreach with our community. I look forward to advocating and developing ways for students to better comprehend the challenges and opportunities that social ventures serve in our communities, and beyond.

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