On August 15th, Karen Lauritsen joined the Robert E. Kennedy Library in a newly established position of Communications and Public Programs Coordinator. “Communication is critical to meeting our users’ needs, and we are thrilled to strengthen our growing program of events and outreach serving the entire Cal Poly community,” said University Librarian Anna Gold. “Karen will bring an innovative and collaborative approach to library events and communications.”
Communications and Public Programs
Karen’s responsibilities include leading public programs such as Science Café and Conversations with Cal Poly Authors. She is also responsible for Library communications within campus and the larger community, including the Library’s annual publication and media outreach.
Diverse education experience
Before joining Cal Poly, Karen was responsible for coordinating the Design Communication Arts program at UCLA Extension, where she was also the student advisor. She began her career as a curriculum development specialist at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and was the communications and events coordinator for Diversity and Access at Stanford University. In addition, Karen spent time as a high school English teacher and made a documentary about the experience.
Karen earned a Masters in Education from UC Berkeley and a BA in Speech Communication from Humboldt State University. She also completed the conservatory program in improvisation at The Second City in Los Angeles.
Karen can be reached at 805-756-7549 or ude.yloplacnull@stirualk. Her office is located in room 205, across from the Library Administration office.