Student opinions and concerns are a primary focus for Lauren Engels, the 2014-15 Student Congress president at Alma College.
“I want to ensure that student ideas and concerns are being represented,” says Engels, a senior from Livonia. “It’s important to have a Student Congress on campus so that the voices, suggestions and concerns of the student body are heard.”
All students deserve to have a voice in what goes on at Alma College, she says. Engels works to help Student Congress reach more students by opening communication lines and ensuring student representatives are serving on Alma College committees.
“Student Congress should be a place where different organizations brainstorm ideas to improve campus and then set the ideas into action,” she says.
In addition to Student Congress, Engels also is involved in Model United Nations, Alternative Breaks, Amnesty International, Entrepreneurs in Action and the Presidential Honors Program and works in the Smith Alumni house.
She has participated in several Posey Global trips, including working in a childcare ministry in Uganda, and has completed an internship at the U.S. Mission at the United Nations. She says all of her experiences have made for an amazing time at Alma College.
“There is not one experience that would qualify as the best,” she says. “All of the conversations, seminars, internships and adventures I have participated in have combined to make my time at Alma College truly remarkable.”
Engels recently won the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award, which honors inspiring student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
Upon graduating from Alma College, Engels plans to pursue a master’s degree, specializing in humanitarian assistance and international diplomacy. Ultimately, she hopes to write U.S. foreign policy for emerging crises, focusing on humanitarian assistance and improving living conditions for women and children refugees.