Laura Nagel

Residential Program Case Manager at REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade)


Class of 2014, Psychology major

Nagel works in a year-long transitional living program for female-identifying individuals ages 18–24 who have been involved in the sex trade. As the house case manager in this residential program, she works with guests to facilitate wraparound case management and support them accomplish their self-identified goals, using strength-based and team-based practices that encourage their voice and choice. This is longer-term care for these individuals, which requires trauma-informed care and relationship building.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

SPU’s mission of engaging the culture and changing the world is exactly what I strive to do at work everyday.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

Dr. Jennifer McKinney changed my life, honestly. She challenged my perspective and pushed me to widen my worldview. I loved how she structured class and spoke with such authority. She’s brilliant, no doubt, and I continue to read thourgh the old class notes or assigned readings.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

Be kind to yourself, continue to unlearn bad habits and surround yourself with strong friends who will push you to be better.