More information about Lauren:
How did your education at Belleville High School prepare you for what you did after graduation and what you are doing today?
My education and involvement at BHS provided me with a number of amazing mentors that helped me turn my dreams and desires post-high school into actionable steps. My teachers were some of my biggest cheerleaders. I would also say that a lot of the service work that I was able to do during high school as a member of the NHS helped me discover my passion for community service and activism.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
I conducted an extensive research project on student mental health needs and services on campus which gave me the skills and exposure to join a larger research team of professionals studying the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Muslim Americans during Ramadan. Findings from this study were later published in the New York Times.
(Note: Lauren speaks quietly, so turn up your volume to hear our amazing former graduate.)