Interim President Neil Weissman welcomed the approximately 300 students, faculty and staff members Monday evening for a community support gathering in honor of Lauren Lau ’19, who passed away on Sunday, Oct. 30. Held in the Holland Union Building Social Hall, the event provided an opportunity for members of the campus community to come together to grieve, share memories and offer heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.
Lau came to Dickinson last year from her home in Alameda, Calif., and declared a major in anthropology. She was Sergeant at Arms for Dickinson’s chapter of the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and lived in the Human Cultures House, a special-interest residence hall for students interested in issues surrounding cultural diversity. She is remembered as a genuine and caring person with an endearing sense of humor and a passion for helping others.
“As we share our grief, it begins a healing process,” said Rev. Donna Hughes, director of the Center for Service, Spirituality & Social Justice. “There’s a lot of power in being together in this place.”
Students seeking support at this difficult time are encouraged to reach out to the many supports available on campus, including Dickinson’s Wellness Center, the Center for Service, Spirituality & Social Justice, faculty and staff mentors, college deans, RAs and residence life staff, said Dr. Alecia Sundsmo, executive director of the Wellness Center. Details for a formal college memorial service will be shared in the coming weeks.
Published October 31, 2016