From staff reports
Lauren Hassen was sworn in as the Moraine
Valley Community College student trustee for the 2020-21 school year during the
Board of Trustees meeting on April 21.
Hassen is excited to have been elected to this position and
says she is looking forward to working with the Board of Trustees on behalf of
“Ifeel like I have a voice, not
only for myself but for all of the students, which is a privilege in itself,”
the Tinley Park resident said.
One of her goals is to help bring about an increase in
student participation in clubs and activities, something she believes is a
benefit for the students and forÊthe college.
“I feel studentsÊdefinitely should
be involved with clubs and student life in general. At the end of the day,
we’re getting a good education, but I think once you put yourself into these
clubs, activities, sports, you get to know what the school is really about.
Being involved would be a big influence on students, making them want to go to
classes, study harder for a test, just do better in general,” she said.
Her goal, she says, has shifted now that classes are being
offered onlineÊonly, but she is developing an online
community for students and hopes to have something up and running in the near
“I’m working on creating a discord server.
There are so many things you can use it for Ñ music, movies, games. And
you can have hundreds of people involved,” Hassen said. Because students can’t
be on campus right now, she believes this could be a good opportunity for
students to stay connected and give them a sense of college pride.
She also plans to talk with students to see where their
interests and needs lie to help where she can. “Being the student trustee is a
wonderful experience. I want to make sure everyone is equallyÊrepresented, and I don’t want to disappoint anybody. I’m not only
going to focus on clubs and activities; I want to be sure they all feel their
voices are being heard.”
Hassen is a member of the Black Student
Association and participates in the DREAM Mentor Program and TRiO, an outreach
and student services program. Upon her graduation, Hassen plans to transfer to
a four-year university where she will major in Human Resources Management.
“Our sincerest congratulations to
Lauren for being elected to the position of student trustee,” said Dr. Sylvia
Jenkins, Moraine Valley president. “It is our pleasure to have her join us, and
we look forward to working with her as a liaison for the student body.”