Lorén Rae Bassil ’22

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Lorén Rae Bassil ’22 is passionate about ensuring that students feel like they belong. Born in Redlands and raised in nearby Highland, she was always interested in a career in education but didn’t think about working with college students until she was one. After graduating summa cum laude from California State University, Fullerton in 2019, she enrolled in the U of R School of Education’s Master of Arts in Higher Education program, with a concentration in Student Affairs.

While at Redlands, Bassil joined the Graduate Student Association, where she was first a liaison between students and the Department of Leadership and Higher Education. Most recently, she served as president of the organization and worked alongside 10 other cabinet members as a link between the School of Education and the student body. This work encouraged her passion for fostering a culture of inclusion in higher education.

Bassil was also the graduate assistant in the Office of Student Success, and her work focused on identifying and addressing the academic, social, emotional, and career needs of graduate students across academic programs. She was a representative on the School of Education advisory board, providing a student’s perspective on operations and procedures. She completed her fieldwork requirement in the U of R Study Away Office, where she focused on aspects of diversity and inclusion.

All four commitments focused on identifying student needs and finding ways to meet them, but she is most proud of her work in the Office of Student Success, which allowed her to take what she was learning in the classroom and apply it to the experiences of current students.

The daughter of an immigrant and a first-generation college student, Bassil is familiar with the challenges that students from underrepresented groups face. Upon graduating, she looks forward to championing international or graduate student populations in a position that emphasizes the inclusion of all backgrounds and experiences.