LMU Alumna Is Harvard Medical’s First Black Woman Class President

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LaShyra “Lash” Nolen

CAMPUS MINISTRY | LaShyra “Lash” Nolen is living out the LMU mission. Nolen is truly a woman with and for others. She says  that much of her passion was ignited in the time she spent in Campus Ministry.

“Campus Ministry taught me kinship and the importance of community,” Nolen said. “I learned about breaking bread with those who are traditionally marginalized and how important it is to be in community.”

While a student at LMU, Nolen was a Kairos leader, a De Colores participant, a First Year Retreat leader and she was a participant in the Ignacio Companions Program trips to Belize and Haiti. She was also a member of Belles Service Organization and the ASLMU president. After graduating in 2017, Nolen went to Harvard Medical School, where she was recently was elected as her class president, the first Black woman in the history of the school to be elected to this position.

Nolen was born in Compton, California, and was raised by her single mother who worked numerous jobs while she, herself, earned a master’s degree. Nolen’s mother is her true heart and inspiration. “My mom pursued life with grit and a desire to win. She would tell me: I’ll see you at the top.”

Nolen’s faith and commitment to God have always been at the center of her being. “I am doing God’s work. I am a vessel of God,” Nolen said. Just this week, Nolan sent a video clip to LMU Campus Ministry offering incoming first-year students valuable advice in an inspirational message on how get the most out of their time as Lions.

Click here to view the video that was featured at Campus Ministry’s meet-and-greet session that welcomed more than 100 first-year students to LMU.