December 2017: Lauren Deas
Civic Engagement has named Lauren Deas as one of the Volunteers of the Month for December 2017. Lauren is a sophomore at Georgia State majoring in Public Policy. She is passionate about urban conservation, women’s issues, environmental interaction, homeless support, veteran support and refugee resettlement.
Lauren has volunteered through The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, The National Wildlife Federation, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, DeKalb County School District, Westside Volunteer Corps and TREES Atlanta.
Through Civic Engagement, Lauren participated in Hands on Atlanta and Panther Breakaway Alternative Break Program as a site leader and logistics coordinator. Lauren has traveled across the nation to serve the social justice issues of refugee resettlement and women’s issues. These firsthand experiences in service learning have enabled Lauren to enact the Active Citizen model by advocating for the social justice issues post-service.
Lauren began volunteering when she was only five years old by participating in community service through Montessori School and Girl Scouts of America. She constantly volunteered once she reached middle school grade levels, specifically in the service field of environmental conservation. When Lauren grew older, she focused her volunteer service efforts on urban communities.
When Lauren began her education at Georgia State, she searched for a place on campus where she could fit in and make an impact. Within her first month at Georgia State University, she became a member of Hands on Atlanta and volunteered through Civic Engagement.
Lauren believes that Civic Engagement has created a sense of inclusion between students and the Atlanta community. Her work with Civic Engagement is now a favorite hobby! Lauren enjoys volunteering because it provides her with constant opportunities to serve others, make new friends and gain leadership experience.
Lauren also serves as the Chapter Parliamentarian for the Enchanting’ Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, secretary for the University Housing Green Team and a New Student Orientation Leader. There is no doubt that Lauren’s passion for volunteerism has made Georgia State a better place. Congratulations and thank you, Lauren! We are excited to see what the future holds for you!