Lauren S. Rivera, J.D., M.Ed.

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Name: Lauren S. Rivera, J.D., M.Ed.

Position: Director of Student Conduct & Assessment

Office location: 201 DeNaples

Educational background: B.A., Bucknell University (2004); M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University (2008); J.D., The Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law (2008)

Previous student affairs background: Prior to coming to The University of Scranton, I gained experience working in student conduct administration, academic advising for exploratory students, and first-year orientation programs.

Current responsibilities: At the University, I oversee the Office of Student Conduct and the student conduct process. In addition, I am responsible for coordinating assessment within the Division of Student Affairs and chairing the Student Publications Board.

Why did you choose a career in student affairs? As an undergraduate student, I was very involved in the life of the university that I attended (i.e., Residence Hall Association, Bison Abroad, Catholic Campus Ministry). My interactions with staff members who worked in student affairs prompted me to consider a career in higher education. I am passionate about student learning and development, and I enjoy working with students to make meaning out of their curricular and cocurricular experiences and decisions.

What do you enjoy most about working in student affairs? I most enjoy the student interaction and the daily challenges involved in working in student affairs.

What advice would you give to a student considering a career in student affairs? Whatever career path you take, be sure it involves your passion. If your career involves your passion, the time you spend engaged in work will be fulfilling. Careers in student affairs often involve long hours, but the time and energy is more than worth it if your true passion involves helping students to learn and develop.