Lauren McCluskey Foundation

Let Her Light Shine

Honoring the life and spirit of Lauren McCluskey by bringing awareness to, funding research for, and providing resources to change the cultures that respond poorly to dating violence and stalking on campuses.

Did You Know?

1 in 4 Women

1 in 4 women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

1 in 7 Men

1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

19.3 Million Women
5.1 Million Men

60.8% of female stalking victims and 43.5% of men reported being stalked by a current or former intimate partner.

Lauren's Story

Lauren Jennifer McCluskey, 21 years old, a beautiful young woman in all respects, was murdered on the University of Utah campus on October 22, 2018. A worldwide outpouring of grief testified to the light she brought during her life. The Lauren McCluskey Foundation was established to ensure that her light will live on.

An outstanding student-athlete, Lauren earned a Track & Field scholarship at the University of Utah, where she competed in the PAC-12 Conference. Lauren had a 3.77 GPA and applied to graduate in spring 2019. Recognizing her academic accomplishments, the University of Utah conferred a posthumous B.Sc. Degree in Communication.

Lauren loved animals and volunteered at the Whitman County Humane Society (Pullman, WA) helping to socialize cats so they would be more adoptable.  She had two beloved cats of her own, Fuzzy and then Victory. 


Honoring Lauren's legacy by supporting
charitable work in the following areas:

Campus Safety

The Lauren McCluskey Foundation works with the more than 5,000 colleges and universities that receive Title IX Federal funding within the United States to honor Lauren McCluskey’s legacy by bringing awareness to, funding research for, and provide resources to change the culture that responds poorly to dating violence and stalking on their campuses.

Amateur Athletics

The Lauren McCluskey Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged high school student athletes who want to compete in sports.  The Foundation helps to underwrite the cost for individual equipment, travel, and entry fees for competitions.

Animal Welfare

The Lauren McCluskey Foundation supports special animal-related projects and animal shelters.

Raise Awareness On Your Campus

The Lauren McCluskey Foundation invites students, staff, and faculty across the country to raise awareness about the impact of dating violence and stalking. Everyone on campus has the power to listen, believe, and respond to a person asking for help.

You can get involved to change campus cultures that respond poorly to dating violence and stalking on your campus.  Learn more about what you can do to educate others and plan a campus awareness campaign on your campus.

Make a Donation

Donations will go to the individuals and programs supported by the Lauren McCluskey Foundation. The foundation’s operating expenses are covered by the McCluskey family.