Our Mission

Diversity Center

Located in Memorial Hall on the First Floor

     To ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, specifically students from diverse backgrounds, to be able to thrive at Lawrence University personally, socially, and academically. This will be achieved through education, conversation, and celebration that embrace culture and identity in oneself and others.

     The Diversity Center provides additional resources such as individual cultural support, a diverse library (books, magazines, pamphlets), connections to the surrounding diverse communities, and opportunities to volunteer and lead. Please stop by for a visit and get connected.

Summer Newsletter 2016

The Diversity Center is Moving!!!

The Diversity Center is MOVING!!!!
We started in a House on Meade Street many years ago.
Then, two years ago, we moved to the basement of Memorial Hall.
Now, over this summer break, we will be moving to the top floor of Memorial Hall!
We can't wait to be in our new home Fall 2016!

Diversity Spotlights of Winter Term 2016 & Spring Term 2016

Diversity Center Blog! A Blog For US!

Do you love to write, create, post, engage people in diversity issues and events on Lawrence Campus and in the Fox Valley?

IF YOU DO, comment with your ideas and topic suggestions.

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Diversity Center Cultural Dinners

The dinners were put in place to raise awareness around campus issues. We invite students from various groups and organizations on campus, to come in and participate in these discussions. The purpose of having student clubs and organizations is to both educate and challenge people to think outside of their comfort zones. We limit the number to 20 people per group, however, we are not opposed to having more if the group wants more members to be a part of the discussion. At the end of each discussion, we introduce the “Peace Jar”. This initiative is for those who are more reserved during the discussion, yet have so many great things to voice. Each member gets the opportunity to write out their thoughts, ask questions, or give constructive feedback for the facilitators to incorporate moving forward. After everyone is done, each member will place their index card or sticky note into the peace jar for the facilitators to review. 





Swing House:
" I liked being able to talk to each other as a group about opportunities for conversations and initiatives"
"I really liked that we started off with questions of identity and the general way the discussion was started"

Sigma Phi Epsilon:
" I will listen actively and openly, but will NOT ask anyone to speak for a movement or group that is larger than themselves"
"Lawrence is changing, but us as a school and organization have to work together to make this a better space"

"If you don't do it then it may never happen"
"The dinners are great and this method of input should be expanded to other departments"
"In Spanish we call this... Trabajo de hormiguita which translates to ant work. Slowly but surely creating change"

The Diversity Center Needs Books!

The Diversity Center is looking to add more books!

We welcome book donations and suggestions.

Books will be purchased as soon as possible and available for checkout.

Contact Lena Bixby via email @ lena.c.bixby@lawrence.edu 

Our Location

The Diversity Center is located on the lower level of Memorial Hall, across from the Viking Room (VR).  Check out the study room, kitchen, resource library, staff offices, and chill with the staff. 

Diversity Center Staff Welcomes Chris Vue as the Diversity Coordinator of Lawrence University

Chris Vue was born and raised in the Fox Cities area and served as the Roosevelt Middle School based Unit Director for the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley within these past few year. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin of Oshkosh where he majored in Anthropology and focused on the cultural aspect of the field. Prior to the Boys and Girls Club he was a Multi-Cultural Market Boy Scouts of American paraprofessional, a Coordinator for St. Norbert College’s Upward Bound pre-college program and have consistently been involved in creating various multicultural programs.
Chris was a 90’s kid so he enjoys anything form the great outdoors fishing to Saturday morning (or afternoon) cartoons and everything in-between. He’s a mellow, team player who enjoys the company of others and is always willing to lend an ear. Please come to the Diversity center to help welcome and meet him as he starts with us on, May 16th.

Highlights & Spotlights E-Board

Let's Talk about Diversity

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