Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Lauren Plaza has lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Trinidad, West Indies and now resides in Corvallis, Oregon, United States of America. Lauren has also travelled extensively throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, and to various countries in Europe where she has presented at conferences and studied local cultures, their educational, political, and socioeconomic structures.
Lauren has completed a Master’s of Science degree in College Student Services Administration with a specialization in Intercultural Communication from the College of Education at Oregon State University. Lauren has also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a focus on Social Justice from Oregon State University and an Associates degree in Social Science focusing on Early Childhood Care from Dawson College in Montreal, Canada.
Lauren has worked in higher education as an instructor, a workshop facilitator, an academic coach, an academic adviser, and a learning strategist. Lauren is also one of the creators of Oregon State University’s Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program that successfully served more than two hundred participants.
Today Lauren is involved both nationally and internationally with higher educational institutions such as: Oregon Study Abroad, Oregon State University, University of the Fraser Valley, and Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, University of the West Indies. Along with non-profit organizations such as the Caribbean Studies Association, Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, Pacific Sociological Association, and the Jackson Street Youth Shelter. Lauren is also on the Board of Directors for the Willamette Landing Home Owners Association and in her spare time, she is a licensed Zumba instructor.