The President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs (PCDA) fosters diversity in the Lawrence community and curriculum, and strives 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
Contact: Kimberly Barrett, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Dean of the Faculty (chair)
The mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is to help provide the resources necessary for all students to express and explore culture and identity. OMA collaborates with other campus departments, as well as student and community organizations to maximize programming, and engage and educate a larger audience about cultural awareness, personal identity, and social justice. The OMA is located in the Diversity Center in the lower level of Memorial Hall.
Contact: Pa Lee Moua, associate dean of students for diversity
The Committee on Diversity Affairs (CODA) is a sub-committee of the Lawrence University Community Council which helps to represent all student identities, especially those that are under-represented, in the decision making process. CODA exists to support different diversity focused organizations on campus by promoting the groups’ events and interests while addressing issues of injustice as they arise, using a social justice framework. CODA provides a safe space to discuss multiple perspectives regarding life at Lawrence as it works to brainstorm and develop solutions to help create a more inclusive campus. The committee also assists the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs.
Contact: Guilberly Louissaint '17, chair