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.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

  • Pride Fair
    1:00pm Outside 032 - Main Hall Green Area
    Instead of hosting an in-door Pride Prom, which is what COLORES traditionally does each spring term, we are holding the Pride Fair. This event will be held outdoors and will have booths for students to do arts and crafts activities at. Last year, we were unable to host any event spring term, and this year we wanted to really foster feelings of welcoming and belonging here at Lawrence for queer students. It can be extremely isolating, especially during a pandemic, but especially for queer students who may not be out to the people they are living with. Pride Fair's goal is to create a space where queer students and allies are welcome to enjoy arts and crafts and reminded that they are welcome and supported here at Lawrence. This is a diversity-related event.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

  • D&IC End of the Year Celebration
    5:30pm Warch Campus Center 324 - Somerset Room
    Join the D&IC to celebrate our seniors with shout outs and performances from students. We will recognize seniors for their accomplishments along as individual students for their involvement in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. This is a diversity-related event.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

  • Lavender Ceremony (Weather Permitting / Alternative Site)
    2:00pm Outside 027 - Wriston Amphitheater
    COLORES and Helen Boyd Kramer will be collaborating to say goodbye and congratulate graduating queer students. We want to acknowledge the hard work that these students have accomplished and will continue to accomplish post-Lawrence. We will announce each graduate's name, who will then receive a stole to wear for commencement. Each student will be given the opportunity to say something about their experience being a queer student on campus and thank anyone who has helped them through this journey. Staff and faculty who have shown support to queer students are more than welcome to come. This is a diversity-related event.

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