May 22, 2020
PSD’s June spotlight is Laura Rigazzi, Associate Dean of Students for Recruitment & Admissions. Laura has been with UChicago for ten years, holding a few different positions in the Division.
Laura was nominated for the “Bridge-builder Award.” A bridge-builder is a staff person who maintains strong relationships across teams, promoting collaboration and transparency to achieve the best outcome. This individual is someone that others look up to. They are consistently reliable and dedicated to their unit.
A member of the PSD community had this to say: Laura is always friendly and responsive and knowing that she is on top of things creates a positive environment.
We interviewed Laura about her interests and experiences below.
Where are you from?
Oklahoma City, OK
What do you enjoy about being a part of the PSD community?
I've always found the PSD to be a warm and welcoming place. Everyone cares about the work that they're doing. The excitement around new research and innovation by our students and faculty creates an energetic environment, and it's fun to be involved in that.
Tell us a bit about you.
When I'm not working, I enjoy good food and reading. Lately I've enjoyed spending time virtually with groups of friends around the country that I wouldn't otherwise get to see.
Who inspires you?
At this point in time, I've been very inspired by people who have tried to help in big or small ways, whether that means sewing masks or dedicating their labs to COVID-19 research. Human kindness is paramount right now and I've found it really moving how people have stepped up.
What is the most interesting thing that you are working on right now?
I'm working on some cross stitch and embroidery projects that had been neglected. I wish I had something a bit more interesting to report, but this is where we are!
What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
Diversity and inclusion mean that we encourage the richness of different experiences and viewpoints, as well as foster an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued. In everyday life, it means keeping your mind and ears open to those around you and making sure you are not looking at life through your own very specific lens only.
What have you seen lately that made you smile?
My neighbors have bunnies in their backyard and every time I see one out the window it brings me a lot of joy.