Lauralyn Lee is Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School’s (Washington, DC) new board chair, beginning her tenure in fall 2016. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2012. She is a Higher Education Consultant and Senior Advisor to the President at Georgetown University.
What drew you to the work of Don Bosco Cristo Rey?
The Catholic mission – I am a strong believer in values-based education – and the unique Corporate Work Study Program component. The CWSP not only benefits the school financially, but it gives the students exposure to a world outside both their academic and neighborhood communities. Learning how to shake hands, look people in the eye, look comfortable even if you are not. These are skills you learn by experience and exposure. Our students enroll and persist in high school and in college at much greater rates than students from similar backgrounds, proving that an education at Don Bosco works.
As the new Board Chair, what do you hope for in the next decade for Don Bosco Cristo Rey?
Don Bosco Cristo Rey is at an important stage of its development. During its “startup” first decade, Don Bosco developed a very strong foundation. The school has an exceptionally strong and generous group of supporters, very constructive support from the Archdiocese of Washington and the national Cristo Rey Network, a family-like community of faculty, staff, alums, students and families, and powerful leadership. I hope to assist Fr. Mike Conway in building the infrastructure to support future growth and longterm sustainability.
How do you respond to change and transition?
Change is an opportunity; people are more willing to explore doing things in partially or wholly new ways. I have great confidence in the future of Don Bosco Cristo Rey and look forward to working with Fr. Mike as we transition the school into its second decade.