Laura Dammer Hess

As the Director of CHIP, Laura does a wide variety of things. One of her roles is to be a connector- to work with students, faculty, and staff across the health sciences to ensure that the co-curricular offerings, opportunities and resources in CHIP complement what health science students are a part of in their curriculum and in their profession-specific opportunities. She works collaboratively with stakeholders on and off campus to cultivate a space in CHIP that welcomes and supports student initiatives to do what matters to them outside of the classroom and across professions. Her favorite part about working at CHIP is seeing an idea come to fruition  through co-creation and collaboration. She loves seeing a group with a wide variety of ideas and perspectives create and solve problems together. Before working in CHIP, Laura worked in community engagement and service-learning for 13 years. 1 year as an Americorps VISTA and 12 years at the University’s Center for Community Engaged Learning. A fun fact about Laura is that she has visited over 40 Minnesota State Parks, and her goal is to eventually visit them all! In her free time, she enjoys anything that involves time in nature, good food, and time with friends and family!