President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs

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.

Get involved by joining a PCDA Subcommittee:

Campus Climate:

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.

Employee Recruitment

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.

Employee Retention

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.

Professional Development

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.

To find out more about serving on a PCDA subcommittee, please email div-inclusion@lawrence.edu.

Office of Multicultural Affairs

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.


LUCC Committee on Diversity Affairs

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. 


Multicultural Groups and Diversity Related Organizations

(Click on the above heading for a list of groups and organizations)


Dignity & Respect Campaign


The Dignity & Respect Campaign EMPOWERS INDIVIDUALS to create environments for all to live, work, learn, and play by delivering programs and initiatives; educational and training resources; and communication tools. GET INVOLVED, AND GET OTHERS TO JOIN YOU!


Employee Resource Groups

 

Employees of Color Resource Group

The mission of the Employees of Color ERG is to promote an inclusive community for faculty and staff who self-identify as people of color. Through networking and socializing, this groups shall serve as forum in which employees of color can share experiences and expertise, raise awareness, and address institutional campus climate issues.  Through fellowship, we strive to build connections that support and encourage our various career aspirations, make us feel valued and respected, and instill a sense of belonging at Lawrence University. For more information please contact Ariela Rosa, Associate Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Sponsored Research Support at ariela.e.rosa@lawrence.edu, or Carla Daughtry, Associate Professor of Anthropology at carla.daughtry@lawrence.edu.

Pride Resource Group

The Faculty/Staff Pride resource group is for faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQ+ and for faculty and staff with family who identify as such. This group will provide a space to build community and identify resources. In addition, the group will host opportunities for networking and socializing for those who identify as LGBTQ+ (or are family) in and outside of the Lawrence community. For more information please contact Dakota Williams, Assistant Director of Alumni and Constituency Engagement at dakota.a.williams@lawrence.edu, or Helen Boyd Kramer, Instructor of Gender Studies at helen.boyd@lawrence.edu.

Meeting Time: 5-7 PM Happy Hour
Location: Dr. Jekyll's Bar on College Avenue
Frequency: Second Thursday of the month

Emerging Professionals Resource Group

To provide a support network for new(er) professionals. To create a positive working environment that values the unique skills and challenges of those starting or changing a career in higher education through social events, community engagement opportunities, and professional development options.

Global Employees of Lawrence Resource Group

Global Employees of Lawrence is a resource group for faculty and staff with global backgrounds and/or identities. The goal of this group is to bring our global employees together, sharing culture and experience while also locating/creating resources that will help bring to life a community of support on campus. For more information please contact Andrew McSorley, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator and Assistant Circulation Services Supervisor, at andrew.m.mcsorley@lawrence.edu or at (920) 832-6758.

Anti-Racist White Affinity Group

ARWAG is a gathering of Lawrence staff and faculty seeking to understand and challenge racism. Recognizing that anti-racist work is disproportionately borne by people of color, ARWAG is a setting for white people to take responsibility for educating themselves about racism and for challenging white supremacy from the inside. Organized as a study group, ARWAG will read and discuss materials that help us understand how racism operates, especially in its insidious forms that are harder for white people to notice in action---white privilege, unconscious / implicit bias, and structural racism. For more information please contact Jenna Stone at jennifer.stone@lawrence.edu