Meet the Off-Campus Programs Office Staff!
Director of Off-Campus Programs
As Director of Off-Campus Programs at Lawrence, Laura is here to work with students as they consider their options for studying off-campus. Laura was a first-generation college student and studying abroad was not something she knew was an option for her when she started college. She participated in the Lawrence London Centre as a junior and living and learning in London for a term opened her eyes to varied perspectives and backgrounds. She graduated from Lawrence with majors in Government and Environmental Policy. She has worked for Lawrence in various roles as the London Centre Programme Manager for three years and in the Off-Campus Programs office for a decade. While in London, she completed an Extramural Certificate program in Criminology from Birkbeck College in the University of London system. Laura holds a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from UW-La Crosse.
The best way to make an appointment with Laura is to submit this form with your availability to meet during business hours.
Off-Campus Programs Assistant
Ashley grew up hosting international students with her family. This led her to becoming an international student in high school for one year in Kapellen, Belgium, as well as two semesters as a student at Arcadia University in Stirling, Scotland and Guayaquil, Ecuador. She also participated in two short-term programs in Singapore and Guatemala. She obtained her Bachelor of the Arts in International Studies with minors in History and Spanish from Arcadia University and her TESOL certification from the American TESOL Institute which led her to teaching English in Thailand, Japan and New York. Ashley enjoys conversation about all things international, will happily share stories about her pets and is grateful to help students with their international experiences in any way she can as the Off-Campus Programs Assistant!
Michaela McElroy '20
Outreach Student Assistant
Anthropology (major)/ Religious Studies (minor)
"Living in Pune and Jaipur was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have ever had. I was able to experience diversity in every form, traveling to beaches, tropical jungles, mountains, and the desert meeting people from all walks of life. Overcoming cultural differences, and language barriers to make connections with people was greatly enriching, and something I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
-Participated in ACM India Studies in Spring 2019
Stephany Pichola '21
Outreach Student Assistant
Economics, Spanish, and Global Studies (triple major)/ Innovation and Entrepreneurship (concentration)
"Living in Salamanca was an enriching experience that undoubtedly influenced my personal and professional development. It allowed me to learn the culture and, often, the interesting difference between their version of Spanish and my Central American Spanish. I absolutely loved my experience and the people that I met there. I can't wait to have the opportunity to go back to such a beautiful country!"
-Participated in IES Salamanca in Fall 2018
Sarah Wells '20
London Centre Student Assistant
English (major)/ Creative Writing (minor)
"Being able to live in London was such an amazing experience. One thing I loved was getting the chance to meet and work with people from so many different backgrounds who have come to call London their home. Listening to their stories while telling them my own during momentous political times for both the UK and US was truly invaluable. I am beyond grateful for my experience."
-Participated in the Lawrence University London Centre in Spring 2018
Senegal Student Assistant
Environmental Studies (major)/ French (minor)
"Living in Dakar, Senegal truly made an impact on my life that I will never forget. It was the most challenging thing I have ever taken on, but because of that it was also the most rewarding. I will never forget the openness, kindness, and generosity I was met with in Senegal, which created for me a second home, one I can’t wait to go back to."
-Participated in the Lawrence University Francophone Seminar in Dakar, Senegal in Spring 2019