Lauren Riepl
LIFT, Resident Coordinator/Transition Specialist

Lauren Riepl is an avid historian, focusing on giving agency to demographics typically forgotten in historical narratives. She graduated with a master’s degree in British History in 2017 and a Bachelors in History/Museum in 2010. She presently plans on achieving her PhD in history.Throughout her academic experience, she maintained the highest level of academic excellence, serving in her undergrad and masters programs in the National Honors Society and Phi Alpha Theta. She was also the recipient of the LeRoy Long IV Graduate Student Research Award for History and Geography, the Graduate Student Study Abroad from the Jackson College of Graduate Studies, the Transformative Learning Scholarship Research and Scholarly Activities Grant, and the Student and Transformative Learning Research Grant She spent three years working as a research assistant while studying abroad in London and Italy, writing one of the first psycho-histories on Florence Nightingale’s life. Chapters of her masters thesis will be published in an anthology of British women travelers in 2019. Lauren loves to encourage children to seek out history as future. For the last seven years she has served as a judge for regional and National History Day events for secondary school students.

Currently Lauren works at LIFT properties in Midtown as a resident coordinator. She is active in the arts and culture community, serving through membership and volunteering in such organizations as the Oklahoma Arts Council, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, deadCenter Film Festival, the Oklahoma Museum Association, and the Royal Historical Society to name a few. She sits on the opening night Party Favors Committee and the Professional Development Committee of YNPN. Lauren also writes for TerritoryOKC magazine, contributing to the rich tapestry of Oklahoma City. She has served on the board for the Oklahoma City/County Historical Society. In her free time she interns with the Veteran’s Research and Education Foundation in the executive director’s office.