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Karen Stephenson

What is your role at UWSM? In my role as Director, Volunteer Engagement, I help ensure there are a variety of opportunities for people to volunteer to reach our community’s goals no matter how much time they have to give. Often this is through helping organizations identify opportunities for team projects, but also through days of service, internal opportunities and developing projects in collaboration with our many community partners. Every day is different which keeps the job exciting.

What’s your favorite work moment so far? We do a lot of work with our education partners. One of my favorite things is to start the day in an elementary school classroom. There is so much energy. Teachers in that age group are amazing. I love seeing the students when something clicks and they are able to identify a new letter or read the sentence that has been a struggle for them. Their minds are always soaking in information and they’re full of questions.

How do you take your coffee or tea? Coffee. Strong. Black (no sugar).

What’s your favorite book? There’s no way I can answer this with just one title.

What’s on your bucket list? This is such a long list…travel mostly, Galapagos, Alaska, and Delaware are at the top…can’t explain Delaware…it’s just there.