The Office of Diversity & Inclusion hosts or supports events on and off campus that promote a vision of a more diverse, accepting, educated community. 

Below you will find a list of upcoming events.  Please RSVP to Cindy Pickart ( to receive the Zoom link or additional information about these discussions and workshops. I have also attached a link to additional resources that you can use to learn about this topic on your own or with family and friends: .


Community Read of How to Be An Antiracist by National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi, 
August 6 from 2:30-4:30. 


Focused reflection and conversations on key concepts related to centering antiracism in our work and learning. In one, we will explore what racism looks like in the social and organizational systems that we participate in everyday. The second will discuss how each of us can begin to construct a daily practice of antiracism.

Understanding Racism August 7, 11-12:30

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines racism as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. It results in racial prejudice, colorism, discriminatory behavior and the implementation of laws, policies and practices that produce racial inequities.
Racism Video

Developing a Practice of Antiracism August 21, 11-12:30
Antiracism is the practice of identifying, challenging and changing the values, behaviors, structures, policies and practices that perpetuate systemic racism. Because racism occurs in all spheres of society, antiracism is necessary in all aspects of our lives. Consequently, antiracism is an active way of seeing and being in the world. 
Antiracism Video

Antiracism presentations and discussions hosted by Lawrence’s Anti-Racist White Affinity Group (ARWAG)

ARWAG is a group of white staff and faculty at Lawrence committed to understanding and challenging racism. Recognizing that the burden of anti-racist work falls disproportionately on people of color, ARWAG provides a setting for white people to take responsibility for educating themselves. This group functions in consultation with Lawrence's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Antiracism 101 presentation:

A presentation over Zoom about key concepts and practices of anti-racism for white faculty and staff. Participants will get practical ideas and information that can be applied immediately, as well as recommended readings, podcasts, and social media follows for continued development. Includes opportunities for Q & A.

The upcoming presentation:

Mon. July 27, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

3-Session Discussion Series:

Participants will join a 3-session discussion series over Zoom. The series will meet one hour per week for three weeks. Prior to each of the three sessions, participants watch a film, listen to a podcast, or read essays and excerpts.
The first session will focus on racism and mass incarceration with discussion of the film 13th (free on Netflix; no subscription needed.) The second session will focus on racial inequities in medical care and health outcomes, with discussions based on a podcast and short article. The third session will address practical allyship via discussion of several short articles and excerpts.

Two co-hosts will facilitate discussions, and we will strive to keep discussion groups small. Ideally, the same co-hosts and participants will meet together for the entire sequence.

Upcoming discussion series:

Thurs. Aug. 20, Aug. 27, and Sept. 3 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.   RSVP by Aug 17

RSVP to Cindy Pickart at to receive the Zoom link and access to the podcast/readings for discussions #2 and #3.  Please indicate whether you will join the series that begins on Aug. 20.

Some of our regular offerings include the Cultural Competency Lecture Series, the Diversity & Inclusion Planning Retreat, and the Diversity & Inclusion Champion Awards.  We also provide Upstander Training facilitated by Common Talks and special events, many cosponsored with on- and off-campus groups and organizations. 

We hope you'll join us for upcoming events on the list, as well as on the Lawrence calendar of events.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

  • University Convocation
    All campus convocation. Q & A immediately following. Free and open to the public. This event enhances spiritual and religious life. This is a diversity-related event.

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