Lauren Jane Hartig is a lifelong traveler and has been the Assistant Director of Residence Life with Eleanor Roosevelt College and International House at the University of California- San Diego for the last 7.5 years. The mission of ERC is to develop world citizens through scholarship, leadership, and service. Prior to that, she was a Residential Life Area Director with the University of San Diego for 6 years, where she was able to work as a Resident Director on the Fall 2004 voyage.
Lauren’s personal and academic experience in international and domestic travel has solidified her belief in the importance of connecting with different people and places in a global setting. She has led groups of students and organized service/volunteer based trips to countries such as Honduras, Peru, and Indonesia. In her lifetime, she has explored over 45 different countries.
Originally from the tiny town of Defiance, Missouri; Lauren earned her undergraduate degree from Missouri State University, studying organizational communication and computer information systems while completing honors distinction in her major by studying intercultural communication apprehension. At Ball State University, Lauren earned a M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education and her thesis research assessed the cultural impact of study abroad. Lauren then moved out west to California for job opportunities and completed a Master of Advanced Studies graduate program in international affairs at UC San Diego’s IR/PS where she focused on non-profit development.
Most recently, Lauren found her dream job in the Field Office when she sailed as the Director for the Summer 2014 voyage through Europe and Scandinavia. She is ecstatic to be sailing around the world again as the Field Director for the Fall 2015 voyage and the Spring 2016 voyage before she pursues doctoral studies in international education.