Access to Education
Meet our Staff:
Laura Kraus – Associate Director of Economic Access
How long have you been with EA: Since the beginning! (2006)
Favorite part of working in office: I love the students we work with and on behalf of. I also like the sense of social justice my work life is imbued with.
Something fun about you: I was raised in a restaurant family—I washed dishes, tended the salad bar, made sauce, made pizza’s, fried chicken, waited tables, ran the cash register—you name it, I did it. My brother now operates the business. I have two daughters who love to visit Uncle Anthony and make pizzas.
Future Plans: In the future, I hope to participate in the growth of a local non-profit.
Something every Buckeye should know: Every Buckeye should know how to get things done on campus. The greater world is a complex place—and Ohio State is a microcosm of that larger world. Learn to network. Learn to ask questions.
Michele Brown – Senior Assistant Director for Outreach & Academy
How long have you been with EA: I have been at Ohio State since 1992. I have been an admissions counselor, planned on-campus visitations, worked with the Ohio State Academy program, and developed programming for college access. My role was officially made a part of the Economic Access Office in 2012.
Favorite part of working in office:Working in a college environment is always energizing and interesting. I love the opportunities to work with students of a variety of ages from 8th grader to graduate students. It’s fun to help students learn and grow, both in a formal setting and in informal conversations. I am so lucky to have a job that gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the world, and to make a difference to individual students.
Something fun about you: I used to be a camp counselor, and love the outdoors. I enjoy gardening, camping, biking and hiking. I also am a big reader, and love cats.
Future Plans: Continue to work to help all students have the opportunity to pursue higher education.
Something every Buckeye should know: Every Buckeye should know our Buckeye Traditions, including Carmen Ohio, Fight the Team and Buckeye Battle Cry. I’m happy to teach them to anyone who wants to learn!