Lauren Akin is a musician, storyteller, artist, and educator. Through collaborative, embodied, imaginative practices, she works with youth to unravel the cognitive patterns of empire and co-create experiences that reveal the sanctity of the living world. She is currently writing a musical adaptation of “The Wind in the Willows”, giving the characters what they need to become true friends and helpers to the possibility of collective liberation. She completed her M.S in Leadership for Sustainability at the University of Vermont. Her work in the MLS program culminated in a piece of collaborative performance art for preschoolers, entitled “Shack of the Giant Womuns.” She will begin her doctoral research in Transdisciplinary Leadership at the University of Vermont this Fall of 2020. Lauren brings her commitment to love and liberatory imagination to her operations and student support work within the MLS program.