Ph.D. Track: Equity and Innovation in Education

Lauren Hall is an educator, researcher, and non-profit leader with over a decade of experience in creating more dynamic, inclusive, and thriving education organizations, arts institutions, and cities. She has taught in traditional and non-traditional educations settings in Indianapolis, Baltimore, D.C., and throughout New York. She has increased the academic outcomes and holistic growth of ethno-racially and economically diverse students, ranging from pre-k to post-secondary; and she has launched six distinct youth-leadership, mentoring, and arts-integration programs .

She co-founded a non-profit in 2013 and oversaw its successful merger with a mission-aligned organization to provide a more catalytic, sustainable impact for Indy youth and families. Currently, Hall’s roles include: Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations with Teach For America Indianapolis; Director of Indianapolis Youth Poet Laureate (; and member of the VOICES ( leadership team. Most recently, she taught at Indiana University Bloomington and Butler University; served a grant reviewer and panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission; reviewed films for the Heartland International Film Festival; and served as a judge for the National Youth Poet Laureate competition.

She manages a portfolio of $3.1 million for Teach For America Indianapolis and, in August 2019, she earned $2.25 million in funding from the State of Indiana to increase the amount, ethno-racial, and economic diversity of STEM teachers across Indiana. Prior to working with TFA, Hall helped create and lead the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Mid-North Promise cradle-to-career Program, and supported 177 individuals (ranging from 0-84 years of age) achieve their educational and career goals. As a writer, her work has been published by NPR’s American Graduate, various local blogs, and she has presented as Master Poet for National Collegiate Honors Conferences in Kansas City and Phoenix.

Hall is active in Indianapolis’ spoken word poetry community, and has featured at Women317, States of Incarceration, and at the Moving the World Forward Public Policy and International Affairs Conference. She holds three masters degrees in: Education, Public Affairs, and Arts Administration–the latter two from Indiana University Bloomington’s notable School of Public and Environmental Affairs–and is a proud Indy native. Through her doctoral program, Laurenseeks to leverage a mixed-methods research approach to better understand how best communities, organizations, and systems cultivate and amplify youth and community voice and well-being.