Karen E. McLaurin, class of 1973 - Second Interview

Karen E. McLaurin was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, moved to Rockland, Massachusetts, and attended the public school system until the eighth grade when she entered Notre Dame Academy. As a young woman, McLaurin embraced volunteerism, participating in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Congress of Racial Equality CORE,, and the Black Panther Party of Boston. She is a member of the last class to enter Pembroke College, the women’s college in Brown University, entering in 1970 and graduating three years later in 1973 with her AB in sociology. Though she had other places of employment, McLaurin worked at Brown for many years including in the positions of Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Associate Dean of the College, and as the first Director of the Third World Center, a position she held for nearly twenty years. Most recently, she and her husband operate a public access program called “Africa Teach-In” as well as a periodical titled Chesson Worldwide.