Lauren Kojola is a returning senior Sociology major and LGBT minor, who transferred to UMD from Montgomery Community College. Lauren is one of our department’s most talented students. She earned a perfect 4.00 GPA in every semester since her return to the University of Maryland in Spring 2013. Her passion for mitigating social injustice fuels her drive for excellence. In order to nurture this interest further, she decided to study stratification which has given her the tools to analyze social problems. In doing so, she hopes to also develop remedies to these social problems that emanate from inequalities involving race, class, gender, and sexuality.
Due to her outstanding scholarship, Lauren became an official member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology honor society, and will start the Sociology honors program in the Spring 2016 semester. Her honors program research will focus on LGBT economic inequality issues, and her overarching research interests are framed by intersectional scholarship. Also, for the past two years, Lauren has made real her interest in mitigating social inequality by volunteering with SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) which is a LGBTQ youth organization in DC. After Lauren’s Spring 2017 graduation, she is interested in attending a professional graduate program that will allow her to work in the non-profit sector, particularly one that has a feminist and LGBTQ orientation.