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.  Unless otherwise noted, please RSVP to Cindy Pickart ( to receive the Zoom link or additional information about these discussions and workshops. 

Antiracism Training for Faculty and Staff with the Perception Institute
May 7, 11 AM to 2 PM CT with facilitators from the Perception Institute.
Faculty and Staff have the opportunity to participate in antiracism training facilitated by consultants from the Perception Institute. Their approach is informed from the mind science concepts related to cognitive psychology, social psychology, and neuroscience.
To register, contact Cindy Pickart ( Sign up early. Each participant will receive a brief pre-workshop survey to help facilitators further customize our workshop.

Past Events

Upstander Training
April 16, 2021, 1pm-5pm

Upstander Training
February 26, 2021, 1pm-5pm

The Black Experience in the Fox Cities - Cultural Competency Lecture.
February 25, 2021, 11:30am-1:30pm.

Cultural Competency Lecture - Bridging the GAP.
Tuesday January 19, 2021 4:00 pm

Heavy Coffee Talk - Virtual Book Discussion - Jan 18th 2021 from 10-11 AM. Please join us for a community book read of Kiese Laymon’s book Heavy: An American Memoir. To register and request your free copy of Heavy: An American Memoir, please fill out the information at the following link by Oct 30th:
Contact or with questions.

Cultural Competency Lecture - Safety in Appleton: A Conversation With City Officials
Thursday October 29, 2020 7:00 pm

Cultural Competency Lecture - Understanding Polarization
Tuesday September 29, 2020 6:00 pm

Cultural Competency Lecture - Keeping Each Other Safe
Thursday September 17, 2020 6:30 pm

Developing a Daily Practice of Antiracism (For Students)
Wednesday September 16, 2020 7:30 pm

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.

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.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Welcome Back Gathering
    5:00pm Memorial Hall 113 - Diversity Center
    Welcome back everyone! Join the Diversity and Intercultural Center on Wednesday September 15th at 5pm for our annual welcome back event. Come see familiar faces and meet new ones too. We will play a game to get to know each other and enjoy some food together! Hope to see you there! This is a diversity-related event.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

  • Spicy Noodle Challenge
    5:00pm Memorial Hall 105 - Classroom
    Come join the Pan-Asian Organization as we host a spicy noodle challenge. Those who can eat the fastest will win prizes! This is a diversity-related event.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Writing Our Own Love Letters
    5:00pm Memorial Hall 105 - Classroom
    Write love letters to yourself to destress during this chaotic time. Additionally, come socialize and have fun. All is welcome to join! This is a diversity-related event.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

  • Scary Stories Night
    5:00pm Memorial Hall 105 - Classroom
    Want to hear scary stories with Halloween approaching? Then come join us as we talk and spook each other with scary stories from different cultures. This is a diversity-related event.

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