The Office of Diversity, Equity & 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 (cindy.j.pickart@lawrence.edu) to receive the Zoom link or additional information about these discussions and workshops. 

Watch here for new, upcoming events.

Past Events

Antiracism Training for Faculty and Staff with the Perception Institute
May 7, 11 AM to 2 PM CT with facilitators from the Perception Institute.

Upstander Training
April 16, 2021, 1pm-5pm
RSVP: marijke.commontalks@gmail.com

Upstander Training
February 26, 2021, 1pm-5pm
RSVP: marijke.commontalks@gmail.com

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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHP_IH5R5jS8R1po4zVTrqC6_lCzvsnVvvt7r4GCfWpbup4w/viewform?usp=sf_link
Contact allison.m.fleshman@lawrence.edu or linda.o.peeters@lawrence.edu 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 cindy.j.pickart@lawrence.edu 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.


Monday, October 25, 2021

  • Lawrence University Disability Working Group (LUDWiG) Weekly Meeting
    8:00pm Memorial Hall 114 - Classroom
    Come to the weekly Lawrence University Disability Working Group meeting. Open to the entire Lawrence community. 8pm CT in Memorial 114 and on Google Meets. Video call link: https://meet.google.com/okj-syrb-zhx 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.
  • Mortar Board LAST Lecture with Prof. Brigid Vance
    5:00pm Wriston Art Center 224 - Wriston Auditorium
    Mortar Board's LAST lecture series in Fall 2021 term, featuring prof. Brigid Vance and her reflections on embracing inclusivity and challenging xenophobia. The lecture is open to all campus, and the social distancing will be practiced. This is a diversity-related event.

Friday, October 29, 2021

  • Finding Your Place
    3:45pm Memorial Hall 113 - Diversity Center
    The purpose of this event is to have students come to the center and reflect on their identity to get a sense of their place of belonging in the world. This is a diversity-related event.

Monday, November 1, 2021

  • Lawrence University Disability Working Group (LUDWiG) Weekly Meeting
    8:00pm Memorial Hall 114 - Classroom
    Come to the weekly Lawrence University Disability Working Group meeting. Open to the entire Lawrence community. 8pm CT in Memorial 114 and on Google Meets. Video call link: https://meet.google.com/okj-syrb-zhx This is a diversity-related event.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

  • Coffee Can Conversations
    5:00pm Memorial Hall 113 - Diversity Center
    During this event, each attendee brings an item of cultural significance (something small enough to fit into coffee canisters or small buckets, i.e. currency, trinkets, decorations, fans, jewelry, etc.). The participants will split up into smaller groups and wear gloves. Each group will take out an item that is not theirs. Each person will describe the item (touch/texture with gloves on, colors, patterns, size) and if they feel any connections to it. Connections can be what the person holding it feels about the item or if the item reminds them of something in their own culture. For example, a comb might spark conversation about hairstyles in different cultures. After every person in the small group shares, all attendees will reconvene into the larger group and go around talking about their own cultural item. The purpose of this event is to let attendees learn about, be exposed to, and connect with various cultures, sharing their similarities and differences in items put into the coffee can/bucket and related topics. This will help foster an appreciation for the many different ways cultures can be connected, and also broaden participants' knowledge of possible influences and history of these cultural items. Talking about these objects can bring about conversations in related topics (i.e. a hair comb might spark a discussion on the importance of hairstyles in different cultures) that will allow participants to not only relate to a topic, but to other people with differing backgrounds/stories, thus forging or strengthening bonds between students/faculty/staff/members of the Appleton community. This is a diversity-related event.

Monday, November 8, 2021

  • Lawrence University Disability Working Group (LUDWiG) Weekly Meeting
    8:00pm Memorial Hall 114 - Classroom
    Come to the weekly Lawrence University Disability Working Group meeting. Open to the entire Lawrence community. 8pm CT in Memorial 114 and on Google Meets. Video call link: https://meet.google.com/okj-syrb-zhx This is a diversity-related event.

Monday, November 15, 2021

  • Lawrence University Disability Working Group (LUDWiG) Weekly Meeting
    8:00pm Memorial Hall 114 - Classroom
    Come to the weekly Lawrence University Disability Working Group meeting. Open to the entire Lawrence community. 8pm CT in Memorial 114 and on Google Meets. Video call link: https://meet.google.com/okj-syrb-zhx This is a diversity-related event.

Monday, January 3, 2022

  • Lawrence University Disability Working Group (LUDWiG) Weekly Meeting
    8:00pm Memorial Hall 114 - Classroom
    Come to the weekly Lawrence University Disability Working Group meeting. Open to the entire Lawrence community. 8pm CT in Memorial 114 and on Google Meets. Video call link: https://meet.google.com/okj-syrb-zhx This is a diversity-related event.

Monday, January 10, 2022

  • Lawrence University Disability Working Group (LUDWiG) Weekly Meeting
    8:00pm Memorial Hall 114 - Classroom
    Come to the weekly Lawrence University Disability Working Group meeting. Open to the entire Lawrence community. 8pm CT in Memorial 114 and on Google Meets. Video call link: https://meet.google.com/okj-syrb-zhx This is a diversity-related event.

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