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Lauren Colby

Lauren Colby

  • Program Coordinator, MS in Social Policy Program

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.8444
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Lauren Colby is the MSSP Program Coordinator. In this role, she supports the MSSP Program’s admissions and recruitment initiatives, manages the program’s events and communications, and provides overall programmatic support. Lauren is passionate about cross-cultural experiences, working with immigrant populations, and adult education. Prior to Penn, she taught English in multiple capacities, including as a Fulbright scholar in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and as an adult education instructor at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. Lauren has also lived and traveled extensively in China, Ecuador, and Southeast Asia. She enjoys hiking, traveling, adding to her ever-growing plant collection, and playing with her cat Clover.

Lauren received her BA in Global Studies with highest distinction and a minor in Teaching ESL from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds her MSEd in Intercultural Communication from Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

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