Lauren Cain is the Senior Scholar Advisors for All-In Milwaukee. Lauren’s passion in life is to uplift and advise limited income students of color on how to blaze new paths, chart new territory in their career paths, as well as in their communities. Lauren prides herself on being a validating agent, a cultivator of diverse leadership, a purpose pusher, and advocate for inclusive ways to best serve students like herself. After loosing her mother to pancreatic cancer when she was eighteen years old, Lauren decided that obtaining a higher education was her way to find purpose and meaning out of her life. Navigating higher education as a student of color with limited resources is truly a journey that equipped her to be able to mentor other young adults like herself.
During her undergraduate studies at Marquette University, Lauren worked as a college coach through Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. Her work in this role focused on preparing students like herself on topics such as withstanding the rigor of college classes, how to cultivate meaningful relationships in the workplace, and pursuing opportunities through leadership roles on their future prospective campuses, as well as how to embrace adulthood in a healthy way. In leading the program Diplomas to Degrees at Washington High School and Milwaukee Collegiate Academy through the Boys and Girls Club, Lauren has been able to assist many students on how to plan for their futures with hope and excellence.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Writing Intensive English from Marquette University, Lauren returned to Marquette to obtain her Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy. While on the Diversity Fellowship during her graduate studies, Lauren formed a group on campus called Malkia’s Circle. Malkia’s Circle was a space for Black Women on campus to learn about withstanding the challenges of being a woman of color at a PWI, learn about entrepreneurship, heal in the midst of other Black women, and form community that led to an uplifting sisterhood.
While working as a Student Support Consultant at Mount Mary University, Lauren provided academic interventions, advocacy, referrals, and follow-up services for limited-income students of color at Mount Mary. Lauren implemented programming that catered to the need for social and emotional capitol that our students need to thrive in this world. In this role she was dedicated to advocating for structural change around the unseen systemic barriers that students face when on their individual journeys through higher education. Lauren’s gifting is to see the needs of our students and facilitate faculty workshops on cultural responsive teaching, inclusive classroom practices, and navigating limited-income, first generation, students of color in today’s classroom. This experience has not only enriched her ability to advocate for the needs of students, but created avenues for change at the university level.
Now, Lauren is elated to be a part of the All-In Milwaukee team ready to enhance the lives of more students like herself. This work is her life’s purpose and she plans to continue birthing purpose in the lives of our Milwaukee scholars.