HOBBIES
ChessPhotographyWritingCookingPotion-makingVideo GamesKaraoke
ADDITIONAL INTERESTS
Public Interest LawEducationAmerican Sign LanguageMental HealthResearchPolicy
READING
HistoricalSocial IssuesShort StoriesSelf-HelpFood and DrinkLawScience‎EducationClassics
I read books multiple times per week

Lauren Gonzales

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Bio

I am a first-generation student planning to enroll in a Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) or Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program after my undergraduate studies in communication. My father held a 6th grade education, and while he was extremely well-read and intelligent, he did not have confidence in the educational system, which is an idea I carried myself for many years. That all changed drastically 5 years ago when I decided on a whim one week before Christmas that I would enroll in community college come January. After working entry-level jobs for nearly 8 years in non-profit, I determined that school was my ticket to personal success. So I enrolled and initially was afraid that I'd do poorly and fade into the background because that was my only experience as a student. But I found a way to quiet that voice and created an entirely new experience and image of myself as a competent student leader. I still believe that the institution of formal and higher education is not as sensitive to the needs of marginalized groups, but having our voices in the classroom and not being afraid to use them is one way of making our presence known and changing the status quo in such institutions. While I enrolled in undergraduate studies for myself, my reason for pursuing a graduate education in policy and/or public interest law is to give back to my neighbors. My ultimate goal is to play my part in supporting working-class people and their aspirations with dignity and heart.

Education

DePaul UniversityBachelors degree in Communication
Jan 2018 - Present
DePaul UniversityJan 2018 - Present
Bachelors degree in Communication
Harry S. Truman Community CollegeAssociate degree in Political Science
Jan 2016 - Nov 2017
Harry S. Truman Community CollegeJan 2016 - Nov 2017
Associate degree in Political Science

Career

Goals
Dream career field:Civic & Social Organization
Dream career goals:Founder / Director
Experience
Development AssociateBetter Government Association
2017 - 20192 years
Site CoordintorChicago HOPES for Kids
2015 - 20172 years
Visitor Services CoordinatorGarfield Park Conservatory Alliance
2015 - 20183 years
Office Manager / ResearcherAmerican Homeowner Preservation
2012 - 20142 years
Research AssistantOrigami Works
2018 - 20191 year

Sports

Cross-Country RunningVarsity

Awards: 2nd Place District

2001 - 2003

Research

Economic Developmental ProgrammingOrigami Works - Research Assistant
2019 - 2019
LaborDePaul University - Independent Researcher
2018 - 2018

Arts

Second CityPerformance Art
2015 - 2017

Public Services

AdvocacyYoung Women's Giving Council - Fundraising & Grant-making Commitee Member
2018 - Present
AdvocacyYWCA - Rape Crisis Hotline Operator
2016 - 2018
VolunteeringSt. Joseph's Services - ESL Instructor
2017 - Present
VolunteeringOpen Books - Reading Buddy
2014 - 2017

Future Interests

Advocacy
Politics
Philanthropy
Entrepreneurship
Lauren Gonzales
0

Bio

I am a first-generation student planning to enroll in a Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) or Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program after my undergraduate studies in communication. My father held a 6th grade education, and while he was extremely well-read and intelligent, he did not have confidence in the educational system, which is an idea I carried myself for many years. That all changed drastically 5 years ago when I decided on a whim one week before Christmas that I would enroll in community college come January. After working entry-level jobs for nearly 8 years in non-profit, I determined that school was my ticket to personal success. So I enrolled and initially was afraid that I'd do poorly and fade into the background because that was my only experience as a student. But I found a way to quiet that voice and created an entirely new experience and image of myself as a competent student leader. I still believe that the institution of formal and higher education is not as sensitive to the needs of marginalized groups, but having our voices in the classroom and not being afraid to use them is one way of making our presence known and changing the status quo in such institutions. While I enrolled in undergraduate studies for myself, my reason for pursuing a graduate education in policy and/or public interest law is to give back to my neighbors. My ultimate goal is to play my part in supporting working-class people and their aspirations with dignity and heart.

Education

DePaul UniversityBachelors degree in Communication
Jan 2018 - Present
DePaul UniversityJan 2018 - Present
Bachelors degree in Communication
Harry S. Truman Community CollegeAssociate degree in Political Science
Jan 2016 - Nov 2017
Harry S. Truman Community CollegeJan 2016 - Nov 2017
Associate degree in Political Science

Career

Goals
Dream career field:Civic & Social Organization
Dream career goals:Founder / Director
Experience
Development AssociateBetter Government Association
2017 - 20192 years
Site CoordintorChicago HOPES for Kids
2015 - 20172 years
Visitor Services CoordinatorGarfield Park Conservatory Alliance
2015 - 20183 years
Office Manager / ResearcherAmerican Homeowner Preservation
2012 - 20142 years
Research AssistantOrigami Works
2018 - 20191 year

Sports

Cross-Country RunningVarsity

Awards: 2nd Place District

2001 - 2003

Research

Economic Developmental ProgrammingOrigami Works - Research Assistant
2019 - 2019
LaborDePaul University - Independent Researcher
2018 - 2018

Arts

Second CityPerformance Art
2015 - 2017

Public Services

AdvocacyYoung Women's Giving Council - Fundraising & Grant-making Commitee Member
2018 - Present
AdvocacyYWCA - Rape Crisis Hotline Operator
2016 - 2018
VolunteeringSt. Joseph's Services - ESL Instructor
2017 - Present
VolunteeringOpen Books - Reading Buddy
2014 - 2017

Future Interests

Advocacy
Politics
Philanthropy
Entrepreneurship
HOBBIES
ChessPhotographyWritingCookingPotion-makingVideo GamesKaraoke
ADDITIONAL INTERESTS
Public Interest LawEducationAmerican Sign LanguageMental HealthResearchPolicy
READING
HistoricalSocial IssuesShort StoriesSelf-HelpFood and DrinkLawScience‎EducationClassics
Multiple Times Per Week