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Lauren P. Velasco

Communication Studies, Honors Instructor

Fine Arts and Communication Division

(650) 949-7416


Foothill campus
Office: 1214
Office Hours:
Mondays 4:30-6:00pm in person
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:45 online


Lauren Popell Velasco was raised locally, graduating from Gunn High School and, later, Stanford University. Her undergraduate years were spent at Bates College, where she competed on the national and international speech and debate circuits, and ultimately graduated with Highest Honors in Rhetoric. She and her debate partner won the year-long title of 4th Place Team in the United States. They were selected to compete in three North American and two World Debate Championships. Mrs. Velasco also competed in the World Individual Speech Championship and participated in the World Summit on Women in Debate. She has independently produced five documentary films and videos, three of which have been shown on television and featured in local, national and international film festivals. While a graduate student at Stanford, she served as Interim Director of the Women's Center and and taught Public Speaking. Also a licensed disc jockey, she teaches full time at Foothill and coaches its award-winning Speech and Debate Team.

Last update: 2016-12-14