Meet Lauren, Stand Advocacy Fellow

Stand for Children Colorado advances educational equity and racial justice in Colorado through meaningful partnerships with families, educators, schools, and policymakers. One of the ways we uphold this work is through our annual Advocacy Fellowship.   

Stand for Children Colorado Advocacy Fellows are community leaders advocating for policy solutions towards racial justice and equity in education.  With the support of Stand staff, advocacy fellows will deep dive into issues affecting Colorado communities today, co-create solutions, democratize knowledge back to their communities, work to break down barriers to power and access decision makers, and, in the process, build long-lasting relationships and invaluable skills. 

We are excited to introduce the 2023–2024 Fellows! 

Meet Lauren

Lauren is a queer and non-binary alternative high school counselor and private practice therapist on a mission to drive innovation and foster cultural humility in the educational landscape. Armed with a B.S. in Sociology and an M.A. in Counseling Education, she is an advocate for change, driven by a profound desire to create a more equitable and just educational system. Beyond her professional roles, she volunteers as a Career Services Specialist at The Gathering Place, a daytime drop-in center for women, children, and members of the trans community experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. She is also deeply engaged in collaborative efforts with Stand for Children, working on policy initiatives and community organizing to advance educational equity and racial justice in Colorado. 

1. What are you most excited about in this year’s fellowship?

I am the most excited about being allowed to continue learning from such impressive advocates and community organizers!

2. What is your favorite children’s book? 

My favorite children’s book is Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall.

3. What do you love most about Colorado?

I love the fall and spring in Colorado!

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