Lauren Irwin is a Coordinator of Center for Leadership. She is originally from Santa Maria, CA and studied Anthropology and Education Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) before completing her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University (MSU).
Lauren’s passion for leadership began during her undergraduate experiences as a Resident Assistant, Volunteer Center Fellow, and in a College Honors leadership class at UCLA. Since then, Lauren has worked in residence life, social justice programs, international student involvement, student engagement, and leadership education at UCLA, MSU, and the University of South Carolina. Additionally, Lauren feels strongly about supporting professional development in student affairs and serves as ACPA’s Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals Next Generation Conference Coordinator. Lauren strives to support the development of socially responsible leadership at Cal Poly and plans to pursue her Ph.D. in higher education in the future.
Lauren believes leadership is primarily a process that occurs among people. Leadership begins with self-awareness and the ability to act in congruence with one’s own values and beliefs. With a strong personal foundation, individuals are able to successfully develop meaningful and effective relationships. Ultimately, leadership should support a continuous process of self-discovery, cooperative and collaborative relationships, and positive change. Lauren loves baseball (and is working on seeing a game in every MLB stadium), spending time with friends and family, pop culture, hiking, reading, and female-driven comedy.