About Me

I was born in Concord, N.H., where an estimated 1.5 percent of the city’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino. I fall into the larger category, the one where more than 95 percent identify as white. In short, the city where I spent 18 years is not diverse.

I went to primarily ‘white’ public elementary schools. In junior high, I knew two black students. One got pregnant and later I found out the other had been shot.

My parents are teachers and I grew up in a house full of music and books and encouragement to learn. I went to a private high school where it was cool to be really smart and to participate in music, theater, dance and sports. I attended college right after high school, never realizing that there were other paths. I came away with student loans – yes, I still have them – but they were acceptable and even expected. 

Mainstream academic education wasn’t a privilege for me – it was an expectation. And most importantly, it was accessible. Now that I’m slightly older and slightly wiser, I know that this is not the case for everyone.

But it should be.

As a journalism master’s student at the University of Colorado-Boulder, I am working on a project about alternative education and at-risk students in Colorado, specifically Latino students. 

Welcome to my blog – please feel free to leave comments or suggestions.

Click here to visit my writing/general website. [www.laurenseaton.com]
Click here to visit my photo website. [www.laurenseaton.photoshelter.com]

Both are under construction.

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