Lauren Bent is the Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of International Programs & Education at Merrimack College, where she oversees study abroad and international student affairs and serves as a tri-chair for an Internationalization Laboratory through the American Council on Education.  Prior to working at Merrimack College, Lauren worked at Boston College as a study abroad advisor for Spain and Latin America. 

Lauren earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and a B.A. in Human Development and Hispanic Studies from Boston College.  Her research areas include: engaging and raising funds from young alumni; maximizing learning in short-term study abroad programs; and designing strategies to promote international student success.