Lauren Donahue, M.A.

Program Director, New Student Engagement

Lauren Donahue, M.A.

Lauren Donahue has served as the Program Director for New Student Engagement in the Office of Student Affairs since June 2018. In this role, she provides leadership and coordination for all aspects of the Division’s involvement in, and contribution to, new student programs. Ms. Donahue works across the Division and University to coordinate resources, develop programming, train students and staff, and further refine the Orientation experience. In partnership with the Center for University Advising, she co-directs the Moreau First Year Experience Course, a two-semester course, required of all first-year students, designed to integrate their academic, co-curricular, and residential experiences. Serving as a member of the Vice President for Student Affairs’ leadership team, Ms. Donahue provides oversight to special projects and initiatives related to new student engagement and support, ensuring that our welcome of new students communicates our values as a community and introduces the distinctive elements of a Holy Cross education.

During her time at Notre Dame, Donahue has served as an instructor of the Moreau First Year Experience course, a member of the greeNDot Committee and the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention, and the rector of Cavanaugh Hall from 2014-2018.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Ms. Donahue worked at Saint Vincent College, in Latrobe Pennsylvania, as the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Social Outreach. There she partnered with students to organize service opportunities in the Latrobe and Greensburg communities as well as the greater Pittsburgh area. She also coordinated service trips and pilgrimages to Alaska, Brazil, China, Italy, and Taiwan.

A native of Walkersville Maryland, Donahue earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Theology and Arts Administration from Saint Vincent College and a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.