Lauren O'Brien: Education Program Assistant, Hull-House Museum

News Date: 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


This month's Spotlight features Lauren, a former Black Studies major who is now bridging the worlds of art, culture, history, and community activism through the development of museum programming.

Lauren, on the connection between major and career:

"As a student in the humanities, people were constantly asking what I was going to do with my degree in Black Studies. Sometimes, that questioning made me feel insecure about my choice of major. But when you get out into the world, you realize it's all about translating the skills from your education and experience to a desired career. [...] My non-traditional path has made me stand out to employers and institutions. The Art Institute of Chicago, for example, noticed me among their applicants because I was interested in cultural history rather than traditional art history."

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Learn more about Hull House and the Cities of Peace program here:

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Cities of Peace

Lauren welcomes UCSB students to contact her via email with questions about museum curation or community programming and for advice on how to best prepare for the field. Requests to review resumes will not be responded to.

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Editor: Brandilyn Gilbert, Academic Advisor