Lauren Haynie is entering her fourth year with the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) as the Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics/Department Head of DAPER. She provides direct administrative support to the Director of Athletics/Department Head of DAPER in addition to planning, facilitating and coordinating department-wide initiatives, projects and committees.
Haynie is a member of the DAPER Mentor Program Planning Team where she assists with research, development, and implementation of a program that has created 20 mentor-mentee relationships. She is the co-director of “Engineering Success,” MIT’s student-athlete wellbeing initiative. As the chair of the Engineering Success Leadership Committee, she works with a team that researches and develops a specialized student-athlete wellbeing program focused on implementing leadership skills over the course of four years.
In addition, Haynie is the advisor of MIT’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and serves as an administrator to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) SAAC Programming Committee.
Within MIT’s Division of Student Life (DSL), Haynie is a tri-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Staff Engagement Advisory Board. She also serves on the DSL Hazing Prevention and Education Committee, the DSL Hazing Investigation and Bystander Intervention Team, and the Mind+Hand+Heart Increasing Help-Seeking Work Group. Haynie also contributed to the Holiday Party Planning Committee and the Infinite Mile Awards Committee.
Haynie is a two-time DSL Infinite Mile Award recipient. Her work with the Hazing Investigation and Bystander Intervention Team earned her the “Outstanding Contributor Award” while she was recognized with the “Serving the Client Award” as a member of the MIT varsity athletics support team.
Prior to her arrival at MIT, Haynie was the Assistant Director for Sports Medicine at Catholic University for six years. During her tenure, she oversaw the operation of the athletic training room and assisted in planning the rehabilitation process for all 21 teams. Haynie was an advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and the cheerleading team and contributed towards planning educational opportunities for student-athletes as a Student-Athlete Affairs Advisor.
Haynie also served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at Assumption College from 2004-06. She made the move to Massachusetts after a two-year stint as the Head Athletic Trainer at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn.
Haynie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Penn State in 2000 and then earned a Master’s of Science in Education from Old Dominion University in 2002. In April of 2014 she completed an MBA with a Sports Management emphasis at Southern New Hampshire University. Haynie is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Diversity in Sport Management through the University of Connecticut.
Haynie is an active member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and serves on the Educational Programming Committee, the Symposium Committee, and the Marketing and Promotions Committee. Her professional development includes the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Orientation Conference (2008), the NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium (2011), the NCAA Institute for Administrative Advancement (2014), and the NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement East (2016).