Laura Collier: Incorporating the arts, humanities, and community engagement

Graduated

RCAH Class of 2016

Degree

Arts and Humanities from RCAH

Career

Program Coordinator at the Council of Michigan Foundations

Background and Location

  • Grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • Graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School
  • Lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan

Hi Laura! Where are you working now? Tell us a little about what you do.

I am a program coordinator at the Council of Michigan Foundations. I work on our Learning Services team to produce programming that is timely and impactful for our members.

How long have you been there?

I have been with CMF for two years.

Where have you worked previously?

I previously interned with the Clinton Foundation in New York City.

When you were making your college decision, what attracted you to RCAH?  

I was immediately drawn to RCAH by the small class sizes and the opportunity to interact and connect with professors. I was also excited by the curriculum and the opportunity to receive a well-rounded liberal arts education.

How did RCAH prepare you for your career?

While my RCAH classes varied in subject, each of them encouraged critical thinking, expanded my writing skills, and encouraged collaboration with my fellow classmates. I absolutely use each of those skills on a daily basis in my current position.

 

"RCAH allowed my college experience to
encompass the best of both worlds: a close-knit residential community and the excitement and opportunities that Michigan State has to offer."

 

What memorable experiences do you recall from your RCAH years?

The 292A/B classes [RCAH’s engagement seminars] were definitely my favorite experiences during my time in RCAH. I enjoyed the opportunity to leave campus and engage with the greater Lansing community. That exposure influenced my decision to work in the non-profit sector.

What classes and professors were particularly helpful, challenging and/or notable for you?

Professor Hamilton-Wray, Professor Torrez, and Professor Yoder all challenged my thinking and encouraged my learning while in RCAH.

When thinking about your life today, do the arts, humanities, and community engagement still resonate?

I make it a point to incorporate the arts, humanities, and community engagement in my personal and professional life. Many of the topics that we explored in the classroom are front and center for me in my work.

Anything else you would like to add about your college experience?

RCAH allowed my college experience to encompass the best of both worlds: a close-knit residential community and the excitement and opportunities that Michigan State has to offer.