Lauren Siegel is the Program Coordinator to MIT-AFRICA Initiative. Originally from Los Angeles, Lauren earned her BA in Black Studies from UC Santa Barbara and her MA in African Literature from University of London, SOAS. Her interests span the complexities of post-colonial literatures, gender and feminist studies, and media and cinematic representations.
Her most recent position in Ghana allowed her to work as a high school literature teacher at an international baccalaureate boarding school that taught students from across 16 African countries. There, she encountered firsthand, how the classroom empowers young people to become their own advocates and transmitters of knowledge in their communities. As such, Lauren also volunteers in Cambridge as a mentor to a high school student through Enroot, an organization that seeks to empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences.
She is very excited to be part of the MIT-AFRICA Initiative team, in order to provide students with access to the full spectrum of knowledge about Africa.