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Elena Lipsiea

Elena Lipsiea

Writer + Activist

University at Albany - SUNY

Albany, NY

Women's Studies + English. Creating change through stories & connection. Word lover. Travel + adventure seeker. Activist.





University at Albany

Community Service Assistant

The Leaders in Service Program aims to place “the world within reach” by immersing students in community service so that it becomes a part of their way of life both on campus and beyond.
Leaders in Service is a community service and learning program designed for University at Albany students, faculty, and staff.


Complete community service events at regular intervals
Actively support quad, departmental, LIS, and/or University programming through advertising, attendance, and by motivating resident students to be involved
Engage with students referred by quad professional staff members in order to set up individual or small group community service activities

Planned Parenthood

PPGen at UAlbany President

Planned Parenthood Generation Action at UAlbany is a group of student activists fighting for reproductive justice. In our fight for reproductive justice, we work within the Capital District, partner with other groups, and coordinate with national efforts to ensure access to reproductive health services.

University at Albany Performing Arts Center

Student Assistant

As a student assistant I work closely with professional staff and PAC clients ensuring performances run smoothly. Whether I am assisting guests with ticketing or questions about our space, or breaking down sets for performers, customer service is always priority. Each event is different, which requires flexibility, positivity, and sensitivity to the needs of all involved.

Lane Bryant

Sales Associate

As a sales associate for a body positive brand, dedicated to serving and empowering women, I am able to genuinely engage with folks on a daily basis. Be it finding the perfect bra, putting together a gorgeous outfit, or simply allaying concerns a client may have, my position allows me to both connect with individuals and learn about what makes a brand relevant and exciting.

University at Albany - SUNY

B.A, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and English

The immense power of language and the importance of personal narratives expressed through bold authenticity has guided my education. A double major in English and Women's Studies aligns my passion for writing and social justice. I am utilizing my education to develop the ability to honestly tell stories so as to foster connection, empathy, and be an of change.

Thinking Beyond Borders

Global Gap Year , International Development + Social Change

Thinking Beyond Borders is an immersive study abroad program which allowed me to travel to 6 countries in 7 months prior to my undergraduate studies. I lived with host families, participated in work projects focusing on development, and engaged in travel based learning. I was challenged, my eyes were opened, and I gained experiences that grew me immensely.

"Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid." - Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand) Almost Famous

Girl Scouts River Valleys

Waterfront Specialist Camp Counselor

Working both as a skills specialist and a counselor was an incredible experience. I was able to take on a multitude of roles: teacher, coach, mentor, comforter, advocate, role model and more throughout each day at camp. Living and working on site provided an intense space where my best was constantly demanded in order to maintain the amazing standards of the Girl Scouts.