The purpose of the President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs is to foster diversity in the Lawrence community and curriculum and to help create a more inclusive campus community. Diversity brings us into contact with different experiences and perspectives, helping us to question our beliefs and assumptions. An inclusive community, one that welcomes people of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities (or expressions of identity), is necessary for diversity to serve as a catalyst for learning. Lawrence seeks to include people of all nationalities, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, cultural backgrounds, religions, abilities or disabilities, ages, military/veteran status, and others who bring varied perspectives to campus.
To accomplish its purpose, the President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs will strive to promote in the Lawrence community:
- a campus demographic reflective of the U.S. and world’s pluralistic society;
- an environment conducive to attracting and retaining students, faculty, and staff of historically underrepresented groups;
- a curriculum that considers diversity and its implications for contemporary life;
- a co-curricular program that fosters inclusion and celebrates diversity; and
- a climate of respect for different identities and points of view.
To these ends, the committee will:
- advise the president on matters relating to diversity and inclusion;
- promote faculty and staff engagement in the recruitment, selection, and retention of historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff;
- strengthen mentoring and support to:
- guide diverse faculty through successful reappointment and tenure;
- promote the development of diverse staff;
- foster the engagement and academic success of diverse students.
- identify opportunities to integrate attention to diversity into academic and co-curricular programs;
- raise awareness of the inequity and challenges faced by historically marginalized groups at Lawrence, in the Appleton area, in the U.S., and globally;
- increase cross-cultural competency by sharing educational resources and sponsoring workshops, symposia, or events on themes related to diversity.
PCDA Steering Committee Make-up and Subcommittees
The President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs (PCDA) includes three faculty members appointed by Faculty Governance, five student members (2 on the steering committee and at least one on each subcommittee) appointed by the Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC/CODA), the Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity, the Associate Dean for Wellness, the Director of International Student Support Services, the Dean of Academic Success, the Director of Accessibility and Academic Skills Services, the Director of ESL, a representative from gender and ethnic studies, the HR Director, and three representatives each from the divisions of Finance and Administration and Enrollment and Communications and one rep from office of the VP for Student Life. Additional members of the Lawrence community will be asked to help in specific ways related to their expertise such as serving on subcommittees or facilitating various events. Subcommittee members are not required to serve on the official steering committee. The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion serves as the chair of the PCDA steering committee.
The purpose of this subcommittee is to help make sure that PCDA and the campus are aware of various indications of the extent to which Lawrence is welcoming and inclusive of various groups of students, faculty and staff, particularly those traditionally underserved by higher education. This includes, but is not limited to, review of climate survey data, bias incident reports, and reports of various forms of discrimination including violations of Title IX and general student satisfaction. The committee will monitor data related to equity in student and employee success including retention and participation in high impact educational practices. The group will also provide recommendations regarding ways to enhance/improve campus climate.
The purpose of this subcommittee is to continue efforts related to recruiting a more diverse faculty and begin to systematically employ similar techniques to the recruitment of staff in an intentional effort to use best practices to diversify Lawrence employees and achieve inclusive excellence by hiring the best qualified applicants.
The purpose of this subcommittee is to identify and help implement best practices related to the retention of faculty and staff, particularly those underrepresented in higher education or a particular employment group. Some of these techniques include targeted mentoring and coaching programs, as well as employee resource/affiliation groups.
The purpose of this subcommittee is to provide a variety of training opportunities related to improving cultural competency and the ability to hold productive conversations and deliberations across differences on the part of students, staff and faculty.
(updated January 2019)