Humboldt State UniversityMichael A. and Debe Lucki Scholar
The majority of Lauren Werner’s life was
sporadic and unstable. Growing up in foster
care, she lived in more than 40 different
locations. She spent her first years of college
intermittently homeless and debilitated by a
serious accident and a toxic relationship.
Now a junior at Humboldt State University,
she is majoring in international studies with
an emphasis in global culture and a minor in
Over the past year, Lauren has led workshops,
worked in focus groups and spoken at a youth
empowerment summit advocating for foster
youth resources. She traveled to Guatemala
to deliver medicine, clothes and supplies to
orphanages and homes of children in need. In
her spare time, she continues to volunteer and
provide support services to current and former
Through education, Lauren was able to find
a sense of hope, belonging and identity.
After completing a bachelor’s degree,
she plans to work to help others and
strengthen her community.