Mississippi University for Women’s Gordy Honors College will welcome Lauren Jee, an alumna of the program, back to campus for the annual Nell Peel Wolfe Lecture, April 4. The lecture will be held in Nissan Auditorium on The W’s campus, beginning at 6 p.m.

Jee graduated from the honors college in 2010 and now serves as the principal deputy director at the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), United States Department of Health and Human Services.

In this position, she leads budget, operations and strategic planning and works with OCR’s 11 national offices. Previously, she served as chief of staff at OCR and deputy assistant secretary for mandatory health programs at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation. Before that, she served eight years in the U.S. Senate, working as the senior health policy counsel for U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, health counsel for U.S Senator Richard Blumenthal and legislative counsel for U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We’re very excited about welcoming back a Gordy Honors alum to discuss her work on health care policy in the nation’s capital and also to share with students how she made the most of high-impact experiences as a W undergrad to lead her into a successful career,” said Dr. Kim Whitehead, director of the honors college.

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Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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