Lisa Famularo

Assistant Director, Equity and Inclusion | Pronouns: she/her/hers

In my role, I design and lead initiatives to ensure the Center for Career Development is prioritizing equity and inclusion in all of our resources and services. Opportunities to have difficult conversations about the way identity impacts career decisions are some of my favorite parts of my job, especially as someone who has had to navigate the working world as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a person with an “invisible” disability. I also enjoy having all different types of career conversations with students, particularly about exploring careers since I come from a family of engineers and have forged my own path in business/education. I’m always excited to connect with students during one-on-one coaching appointments, faculty members during class visits or curriculum consultations, and alumni who are willing to share their perspective with current students. 


Bio

Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY (Long Island)

Things I enjoy: I’m an extrovert and love being in a group setting, whether at work or at home. Outside of work, I volunteer with an ed-tech nonprofit working to amplify diverse youth voices through publishing, leadership development, and digital community. I’m also an avid soccer player, have a massive board game collection, and enjoy crafting by writing handwritten letters or designing custom gifts with my Cricut.

Advice to students:
When choosing a career path, it’s easy to feel a lot of pressure to make the “perfect” decision. If you can, try not to think about it that way. Instead, focus on making a good decision. There can be many good decisions available to you, and that’s great! As long as your decision meets your needs and makes you happy, you’ve made the right decision for you. And remember, you can always change your mind and make a different decision in the future.

Education

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Master of Arts, Higher Education and Student Affairs
Favorite Project: Competing in a national case study competition about making higher ed more inclusive for trans students and winning first place!

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Certificate, Diversity and Inclusion
Favorite Project: Interviewing the CEO of a nonprofit about how she fosters an inclusive climate within the organization.

Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration – Management
Study Abroad: Madrid and Barcelona, Spain
Favorite Experience: Becoming Microsoft Excel certified my sophomore year and then helping over 500 other students become certified as a teaching assistant for the class that teaches Microsoft Excel for 2 years.

Previous Roles

  • Career Consultant – UConn Center for Career Development, Storrs, CT
  • Graduate Assistant – UConn Center for Career Development, Storrs, CT
  • Resident Counselor – Summer Discovery at Georgetown University, Georgetown, DC