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LaRissa Lawrie

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LaRissa Lawrie earned a B.A. in Strategic Communication from Wichita State University in 2017. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Communication from Wichita State and is set to graduate in 2019.

She was born and raised in Wichita Kansas. Her background is in technical communications and working with engineers to create technical white papers. LaRissa is a lifestyle photographer, graphic designer, and copy-editor. In 2017, LaRissa started her own design agency called Modberry Market which serves small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs.

She is a founding member of Shocker Startup and in the past served as Vice President. Shocker Startup has organized multiple large speaking events at Wichita State, is creating an alumni network of mentors to support student entrepreneurs, and is giving away grant money to fund prototypes for interdisciplinary student teams

As part of her UIF work, LaRissa gives pop-up classes/seminars on design-thinking, rapid prototyping, and creative confidence skills. This has served as a way to involve non-technical students in the innovation eco-system and get them involved. LaRissa is a past President of Lambda Pi Eta at Wichita State University - a national communications honor society. She also was awarded a one-year writing fellowship with Salon. She is active in the entrepreneurship and communications communities in Wichita, she is also a member of the Wichita Professional Communicators and the National Federation of Press Women.

Throughout her college career, she has been interested in the positive effects of bringing together diverse groups of students. LaRissa learned about University Innovation Fellows when she co-founded Shocker Startup with Wesley Alexis and Hannah Hund. UIF has given her the opportunity to explore how innovation and entrepreneurship can empower students. LaRissa’s passion is at the intersection of communication and technology. That passion is one of the primary drivers of her work to introduce interdisciplinary studies to Wichita State.

Contact Information

If you would like to get in touch with LaRissa, feel free to email her at, call her at (316) 734-9212 and/or reach out on social media. Her website is

Feel free to contact her about any or all of the following: Teaching Design Thinking classes, navigating higher education systems, starting university innovation and entrepreneurship clubs, unconferences, hosting design competitions, I&E curriculum, and communication-related items like social media marketing.

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Wichita State University

Wichita State University Student Priorites

University Innovation Fellows

Spring 2016:

Jocelyn Galicia

Jesus Gomez

LaRissa Lawrie

Michael Schlesinger

Caylin Wiley

Fall 2015:

Wesley Alexis

Austin Crane

Hannah Hund

Kevin Kraus

Saad Syed