The Office of DEI develops programs in order to fulfill Lawrence University’s mission statement that demonstrate we are “committed to the development of intellect and talent, the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, the cultivation of sound judgment and respect for the perspectives of others.” Diversity is central to this commitment, and to the objective of preparing all Lawrentians for lives of engaged citizenship in our global society.

Employee Resource Groups

The Office of DEI has developed programs for students, for faculty, for staff; we work with these groups and with our accomplished and diverse alumni in order to enhance the institutional and intergenerational knowledge of Lawrence. Many of these programs become staffed and respourced Offices and Centers under the IDEAS Division. Below are programs currently administered by the Office of DEI.

Employee Resource Groups help support, sustain, and create community at Lawrence. Open to all faculty and staff. Please respond to this poll if you are interested in joining one or more of these groups, but do email the chair of any specific group if you'd like to join more privately. 

ERG info session April 2023

Employee Resource Groups are intended to create community, provide resources, increase social networks, and encourage a sense of belonging at a workplace. They’re a good place to find a friend, someone to have a coffee or a beer with, to problem solve or bounce ideas off, and with whom you have some aspect of identity in common.

All of these groups operate differently and have different needs. Some meet regularly and do things together; others are more loosely connected community who gather only for certain events; still others rarely meet but maintain resources available to them when needed. It really depends on the group.

Employees of Color

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

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 Helen Boyd Kramer, Affinity Groups Coordinator

Women’s Group

A new addition to the Employee Resource Groups at Lawrence, the women’s group aims to support all people who identify as women in their professional pursuits. As this is an emerging group, there is currently no leadership.

For more information, please contact Helen Boyd Kramer, Affinity Groups Coordinator

Lawrence University Young Professionals

The LU Young Professionals employee resource group is designed to support faculty and staff under the age of 40. Through personal outreach and social events, the group will strive to build a stronger sense of connection to the Lawrence community. We will also aspire to help facilitate personal growth and professional development opportunities by maintaining a space for developing our unique skill sets, troubleshooting personal challenges, exploring shared experiences, and reiterating the value of what we bring to our work and the broader community.

For more information, contact Amy Hutchings, Associate Director of Donor Engagement

LIFT UP (Low Income, First-Generation Talent Unpacking Privilege)

LIFT UP is a group designed to support employees who identify as having been (or still are) low-income and/or first-generation through connection within these experiences. Through meet-ups, reach-out efforts, and programming, LIFT UP works to dismantle silence and stereotypes surrounding these identities and the issues they face on campus in order to make progress towards systemic changes. Our hope is also to provide students and others who identify as low-income and/or first-generation with positive models of strength, resilience, and success.

To learn more, Kate Zoromski, Associate Dean Of Academic Success

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.

Currently, GEL has no one leading the group. Please contact Helen Boyd Kramer, Affinity Groups Coordinator