Would you like to know your Arts & Humanities Dean's office a little better?
Arts & Humanities has a great team and in an effort to introduce you to each of our advisors, staff members, Dean's Associate, and the Dean, I asked them a series of fun questions. I will highlight one person a week so you can see a face with the name and hopefully make you feel connected to our team.
Let us know what you think!
Anna Laven - AH Advising Center Coordinator
What do you do in Arts & Humanities?
I manage the day-to-day operations of the Arts and Humanities Student Center, coordinate our Tutor Center and carry a student advising load. We are working to support students during the quarter-to-semester conversion, so right now much of my time is spent on this major project. I work closely with each department, the advisors, and the other student centers to implement policy and procedures. I also support the advisors by providing them with professional development training and keeping them up to date. Each day is different and lots of fun.
Where did you go to college and what was your major or field of study?
I went to three colleges in four years (four colleges if you count CSUB while I was in high school). First I went to Wells College in rural New York. It was too cold and too far from home (I grew up in Bakersfield). Then I went to Bakersfield College for a year and really learned how to be a successful college student. I spent my junior and senior years at Scripps College -The Women's College of the Claremont Colleges and majored in Women's Studies. My two-semester thesis was on violence and motherhood in Northern Ireland. After graduation I spent a number of years exploring what I wanted to do. I considered a PhD in Gender Studies, Social Work, Interior Design, all the while I was working at UCLA and loving being on a college campus. So I earned my Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from UCLA and have kept a passion for education ever since.
What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
Commencement is my favorite time of year and every day I get the opportunity to help and support students, getting them that much closer to obtaining their degree!
Do you have any words of advice for our students?
Focus on your strengths, ask for help, remember your goals, and most importantly, enjoy learning.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?
My mother is Dutch and so I have traveled throughout Europe. I have also been to Russia which was quite interesting. I have not made it to Peru yet - I was born there but my family went back to the states when I was two. I have always dreamed of going back and exploring with my husband and daughter.
What is your favorite book or movie?
My favorite book is the Handmaid's Tale. I love Margaret Atwood and was thrilled to take a seminar on her in college. We read a novel a week! Movie: I love Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFadyen version) and Casino Royale (with Daniel Craig as 007).
What is your favorite season?
I love spring. My daughter, Hope, who is six, and I have taken up gardening. Each year she picks a theme. This year we did Frozen, with lots of blue and white with a little pink thrown in. Plus we didn't want to forget the cherry tomatoes, which Hope calls "garden candy".
What famous person (living or dead) would you like to meet?
Eleanor Roosevelt or Ida B. Wells. Both are wonderful pioneers and trailblazers with lots of courage.
What do you like to do for fun?