"We are not makers of history, we are made by history." Martin Luther King, Jr.
The first Diversity Center opened in the fall of 1997, part of the larger division known as Student Life. The Diversity Center is a place that welcomes everyone. Our goal is to help students from underrepresented populations be successful at Lawrence University, primarily navigating the transition to college, persistence to graduation, and life after. This is done through connections, programs, and services that support personal and professional development which validate the university’s framework on engaged learning. In addition, continue to evaluate, challenge, and change institutional practices and policies to ensure a more inclusive living and learning campus environment where all students are able to thrive.
BUILDING/ LOCATION HISTORY
1969 – 1997: Black Cultural Center, first Physical location 411 E Washington St.
1997 – 2014: Diversity Center, 207 S Meade St. (the House is no longer there)
2014 – 2016: Diversity Center, 615 E College Ave. Memorial Hall Lower Level
2016 – Current: Diversity Center, 615 E College Ave. Memorial Hall First floor
1990/1991: Created first Associate Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs
2002 – 2003: First mention of the Multicultural Affairs Office in the student handbook
2009 –First female Associate Dean of Student for Diversity
2016 – Department name change from Multicultural Affairs to Diversity Center
2016 – First administrative addition – Diversity Center Coordinator
STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS - Past 5 years