Steps Towards a More Inclusive Lawrence

Lawrence has always been dedicated to the issues of diversity and inclusion. Given the current national political climate and trends in campus culture across the country, Lawrentians are thinking about the future and issues of inclusivity now more than ever. Lawrence is committed to supporting a student body with diverse backgrounds and is working to distinguishing itself as an institution of inclusive excellence. To better serve the needs of students and create a supportive work environment, Lawrence University has taken significant steps in increasing its commitment to “fostering a diverse and welcoming learning community that embraces all members, including those marginalized by aspects of their identities”. Examples of visible steps that Lawrence University has taken to foster diversity include the introduction of new faculty and staff in diversity related positions, new courses on issues related to diversity, opportunities for personal and professional development and updates to university technology and procedures.

The start of the 2016-17 Fall term brought a wave of new leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion. New positions authorized by the university include: Kimberly Barrett as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Linda Morgan-Clement as Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, Kimberly Jones as Title IX Coordinator, Chris Vue as Diversity Center Coordinator, and Monita Mohammadian Gray as Dean of Academic Success. Several faculty members have also contributed to these efforts. Through a grant from the Mellon Foundation and the work of the President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs, Lawrence has developed, implemented and offered training in a process for actively recruiting strong, diverse applicant pools for faculty positions. Due to another grant from the Mellon Foundation, the Pedagogy Taskforce continues to actively search for ways to diversify curriculum and support all faculty in adopting pedagogical methods suitable for a diverse student population. Additionally, students saw two new courses pertaining to Native American identity, history and culture, a new course in Latin@ Studies taught in English, and a new faculty member, the first fully dedicated to Ethnic Studies, at the start of the 2016-17 academic year. These opportunities enhance the student experience by encouraging interdisciplinary thinking and exposing students to real world challenges and concepts.

In January of 2016 Lawrence invited the consulting firm InciteChange! to provide training to students, faculty and staff by engaging them in conversations relating to cultural competency and social justice. More than 120 individuals participated in these workshops designed to help Lawrence obtain the tools necessary to strive towards becoming a more inclusive community. Additionally, in March of 2016 Lawrence entered into a yearlong partnership with Sustained Dialogue, an organization that helps build institutional culture around inclusive leadership, facilitation and conflict management. Training continued into the fall when Dr. Placida Gallegos of Jones and Associates led a Diversity and Inclusion Workshop at the Fall 2016 Meeting of the Board of Trustees. These trainings and workshops enable students, faculty, and staff and alumni to more cohesively work together to address relevant social problems.

One such concern brought forth by students involved the ability to update one’s preferred name and pronouns in the Voyager system. Students are now able to control, where legally possible, the name that appears on their academic records and student ID’s. New students are able to input their preferred name to help in generating email addresses, and questions regarding gender neutral housing have been added to the new student housing questionnaire. These important steps are key to supporting students and recognizing identity. Other procedural changes include the launching of

the online bias incident report. This form is meant to serve as an educational tool to help Lawrence better identify and monitor incidents of bias on campus, and to provide a means of discussing and working through incidents.

Lawrence is dedicated to supporting students and continuing to foster an inclusive environment where all can thrive. The primary way of achieving this is through authentic dialogue across our differences and recognizing the need for continuous improvement. In encouraging dialogue we can continue to learn from one another and become a more welcoming campus every day.

Progress Timeline


April 2019

  • Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Environmental justice and its intersections with social justice.
  • Convocation Speaker Matika Wilbur presents: "Changing the way we see Native America:
  • Upstander Trainings with FIT Oshkosh
  • Blackface on Campus: examining the origins and lasting impact of the practice of blackface in America.
  • Faculty of Color mentoring circles

February 2019

  • Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Islamophobia

January 2019

  • Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Engaging with Controversial Art
  • Upstander Trainings with FIT Oshkosh


  • Established Ethnic Studies Major
  • Most diverse incoming class in terms of racial and ethnic identity in the history of the institution
  • Inclusive pedagogy committee achievements
    • Several sponsored workshops by external facilitators on microaggressions, cognitive science and learning including the authors of The Courage to Teach and Teaching Naked
    • Several on-campus presentations by Lawrence faculty and staff including recipients of previous mini-grants for course enhancements
    • Awarded mini-grants for six new projects designed to enhance teaching
    • Purchased the books Teaching Naked and Teaching Naked Techniques for members of the faculty and staff who requested them
    • Held two faculty community of practice discussions on structuring inclusive group work and enhanced trust in the classroom in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Lawrence received two grants related to increasing the participation and success of students underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math

November 2018

  • Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Engaging with Controversial Art

October 2018

  • Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Gender Inclusive language: Smash the Binary
  • LUCC Unconscious Bias Training

September 2018

  • Diversity planning retreat: Claiming Our Voices
  • Advanced Upstander Training with FIT Oshkosh
  • Town Hall Meetings about Campus Climate Survey results
  • Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Cultural Appropriation: What Is or Isn't - Understanding the Complexities around Race, Culture, and Consumption
  • Celebrating Indigenous People's Day
  • Women on Campus Coffee Hour, creating a network of support and discuss strategies to thrive campus in achieving gender equity.

February 2018

  • Advanced Upstander Training with FIT Oshkosh


November 2017

  • Advanced Upstander Training with FIT Oshkosh

September 2017

  • Second annual diversity planning retreat held on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

May 2017

  • Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Activism and Social Change.
  • Planning for Annual Diversity Conference hosted in Warch Campus Center.
  • Jesus Smith to join Ethnic Studies Department all of 2017.
  • Search for tenure track faculty member in Gender Studies Department.

April 2017

  • Critical Issues forum - What is the Purpose of Higher education.
  • Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Religion and Spirituality.

March 2017

  • Lecture on immigration is followed by individual consultations with national legal expert.
  • Launch of faculty and Staff Allies Network groups.
  • Fox Cities Diversity Officer's Collaborative formed.
  • Community conversation on Political Common Ground.
  • Cultural Competency Lecture Series: Gender, and  Intercultural Competence.

February 2017

  • Inclusion statement adopted by faculty
  • Second Session of the Community Conversation on Safety with the Appleton Police Department.
  • Critical Issues Forum - What is Race?
  • Applying the Rethinking Mentoring Model (Phase II)

January 2017

  • Community Conversation on Political Ground.
  • Kick off of the rethinking Mentoring initiative for faculty
  • Kick-off of the Cultural Competency Lecture Series. First Lecture on Accessibility.


December 2016

  • Full Speed to Full Need campaign reaches $68M of $85M goal. The intention of this fund i to increase access to a Lawrence Education by covering a student's full financial need.

September/October 2016

  • Student, Staff, Faculty Listening Sessions
  • Community Conversation on Safety (October 21)
  • Creation of Campus Collaborative D & I Team
  • Student Advisory Board Team Development


  • Pedagogy Taskforce working on support for diversifying curricula
    With support from a Mellon grant, the faculty Pedagogy Taskforce is in the process of researching curriculum diversification and inclusive pedagogy, with the goal of providing support and resources to all faculty for diversifying their respective curricula and adopting pedagogical methods suitable for a diverse student population.
  • Ethnic Studies welcomes new faculty member
    The Ethnic Studies program is pleased to announce the appointment of Tori Arthur as a faculty Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Arthur will be the program’s first faculty member exclusively dedicated to Ethnic Studies. Her interests and experience include the African immigrant experience in the U.S. and digital ethnic studies. Dr. Arthur’s course details will be updated in the online course catalogue.


  • Lawrence University names Kimberly Barrett VP for diversity, inclusion

    Barrett brings the perspective of 25 years of working with students, faculty and community members to promote learning, student development, social justice and diversity to Lawrence University as its newly appointed vice president for diversity and inclusion and associate dean of the faculty.

    Currently the vice president for multicultural affairs and community engagement at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Barrett will assume the duties of the newly created position beginning Aug. 22.
    Reporting to both the president and the provost, Barrett will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external constituents to advance Lawrence’s commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion. She will be responsible for developing, facilitating and assessing programs and campus/community-wide initiatives to cultivate a more inclusive campus culture.

    Additionally, Barrett’s responsibilities include enhancing the diversity of the faculty, faculty development, especially in areas of inclusive pedagogy, and affirming the educational importance of diversity in educational programs. Click here to read more.



  • Second community gathering email, April 5, 2016
    President Burstein sent an email to students, faculty and staff inviting the entire community to a second campus-wide gathering presented by the Administration, the President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs and the LUCC Committee on Diversity Affairs (CODA). The gathering, planned for April 14 from 4-7 p.m. in the Warch Campus Center, is intended to provide additional information on progress made since the last update and to again invite questions and input.



  • InciteChange! leads second workshop for cabinet and senior staff, March 16, 2016 
    A three-hour follow-up workshop was led by InciteChange! for President Burstein, his cabinet (the president’s direct reports) and members of senior staff (those reporting directly to cabinet members). This was a follow-up to the workshop held on February 2 intended to further explore unconscious bias and to better prepare the Lawrence staff regarding issues of inclusion and identity.
  • InciteChange! leads first cultural competency workshop for student affairs office, March, 2016
    InciteChange! led a session with student affairs staff that included activities to increase self-awareness regarding race and privilege. The training culminated with group role play to enhance staff’s ability to interact with a diverse student body in everyday situations. The student affairs staff has scheduled training sessions regarding race and diversity/inclusion as the topic for biweekly training throughout Term III. Future training sessions will focus on microaggressions, privilege, recovering from making mistakes, etc., as well as appropriate readings and videos.
  • Vice president for diversity and inclusion and associate dean of the faculty job description posted, March 2016
    Lawrence launched a national search for the newly created position of Vice president for diversity and inclusion and associate dean of the faculty. The search is being conducted by Carrington and Carrington Ltd., one of the most respected diversity and inclusion executive search firms in the country. The firm’s impressive national client list consists of Fortune 500 companies and nationally recognized not-for-profits. An internal search committee comprised of the President, Provost, four faculty members, two staff members and three students has been assembled, and will continue to meet regularly until the position is filled. Carrington and Carrington is currently conducting preliminary interviews and plan to present a slate of candidates to the search committee within the coming months.
  • Student-based IDEA team positions posted to help recruit a more diverse student body, March 2016
    Lawrence University is actively hiring current students of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses and cultural backgrounds. The admissions office’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) team will support the recruitment and selection of a diverse student body through student outreach, hosting diversity-focused programming and collaborating with community-based organizations to support students in their decision to attend Lawrence. The admissions office hopes to strengthen communication with prospective students by connecting current Lawrentians with future Lawrentians and to keep admissions practices in line with Lawrence’s mission to recruit a diverse student body.
  • Yearlong membership with Sustained Dialogue established, March 2016
    Lawrence is entering into a yearlong membership with Sustained Dialogue, an organization that helps build institutional culture, beginning this spring. The university's partnership with Sustained Dialogue will afford it access to training on topics and skills such as inclusive leadership, facilitation and conflict management. Lawrence will look to begin dialogue groups for students, faculty and staff during Fall Term. To set the stage for a Fall Term start, Lawrence will hold a Sustained Dialogue initiation workshop later this spring to more fully introduce Sustained Dialogue to campus and help generate interest from students, faculty and staff in becoming trained dialogue moderators.
  • GLOW presents demands to President Burstein, March 1, 2016

    Lawrence has addressed concerns related to physical accommodations, language regarding identity and database matters impacting student ID cards, preferred names and pronouns. Additional changes will be forthcoming in discussion with members of GLOW.

    Physical Accommodations
    In recent years, students from LUCC and CODA and facilities colleagues have worked to designate gender neutral restroom facilities in academic buildings and other spaces. While some gender neutral shower facilities are available in student living spaces, dormitories with binary restroom and shower facilities have proven difficult to update.

    The restroom in the lower level of the Music Drama Center has now been equipped and signed as a gender neutral facility.

    Lawrence's facilities team is working to include gender-neutral showers and restrooms in upcoming dormitory remodels. Gender neutral restroom and shower facilities will be part of the Ormsby first floor renovations this summer, and the new Colman Hall group living lofts will all have gender-neutral facilities.

    We will appreciate the input of GLOW representatives in our physical planning process as we continue to find solutions to meet all students' needs, and Vice President for Finance and Administration, Christopher Lee, looks forward to reviewing further proposals and ideas this spring.​​

    Room Assignments
    For the upcoming 2016–17 academic year, the Residence Life Committee has changed the second and third floors of Sage Hall to gender neutral housing, which expands our current gender neutral housing offerings: Brokaw Hall, Hiett Hall, 300 South Meade, 813 East John and all small residences. Additionally, Sage second and third floors would each offer a gender neutral bathroom. The Residence Life Committee has also added questions to the incoming student housing questionnaire which will allow new students the option to indicate a preference for a gender neutral housing assignment.

    The President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs and the Gender Studies Steering Board created a memo about names and pronouns, the use of both in the classroom and definitions for better understanding gender identity and expression ahead of the start of Spring Term. Provost David Burrows emailed this memo to faculty.

    Database, Naming and ID cards
    The offices of admissions, student affairs and information technology are collaborating to allow students to be able to add their preferred pronouns to their Voyager accounts by later this Spring Term. Preferred pronouns will be listed on future class rosters. Admissions is making changes to allow new students to give preferred names, which will be used to generate their Lawrence emails. ID cards for new students will continue to list preferred names on the front with the picture and legal names on the back for times when legal names must be used (like to receive a paycheck or for tax purposes).

  • GER language requirement email, March 25, 2016
    The university has removed the word “foreign” from the general education language requirement to acknowledge that the languages we teach are spoken by populations within the United States as well as abroad. Students can meet the requirement by demonstrating proficiency in any natural language that is natively spoken or signed by one or more linguistic communities. Native speakers of a language other than English should document their proficiency in their first year at Lawrence to help with course planning for subsequent years. Associate Dean of the Faculty Bob Williams clarified these options in an email to faculty advisors.
  • Students' names and pronouns: preparing for Spring Term email, March 23, 2016
    The President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs and the Gender Studies Steering Board created a memo about names and pronouns, the use of both in the classroom and definitions for better understanding gender identity and expression ahead of the start of Spring Term. Provost David Burrows emailed this memo to faculty. 



  • Search authorized for tenure-line appointment in ethnic studies, February 2016
    Based on a proposal presented last October and unanimously endorsed by the Committee on Curriculum in December, Provost Burrows and President Burstein authorized the Ethnic Studies Steering Board to begin a search for a tenure-line appointment. Based on the cycle that is common for academic searches, it is hoped that tenure-track candidates can be brought to campus early next academic year with the plan of a new colleague joining us in fall of 2017. In the meantime, to assure that we can begin offering additional courses in ethnic studies at the start of the 2016–17 academic year, ethnic studies faculty have started a search for a one year adjunct faculty member who can begin teaching this fall.
  • Ethnic studies courses in Native American experience planned for 2016–17 academic year, Febuary 2016
    Brigetta Miller, associate professor of music education and an enrolled member of the Stockbridge Munsee (Mohican) tribe, will teach two ethnic studies courses related to Native American identity, history and culture. Course details will be updated in the online course catalogue.
  • Course on Latino-Latina literature to be taught in English planned for 2016–17 academic year, Febuary 2016
    Thelma Jimenez-Anglada, assistant professor of spanish, who will join the Lawrence faculty in the fall of 2016 from University of Chicago, will teach a course on Latino-Latina literature: SPAN 466 Latin@ Studies (in English). Course details will be updated in the online course catalogue.
  • InciteChange! leads workshop for faculty, Feb. 11, 2016
    Nearly 70 members of the faculty participated in a workshop led by InciteChange! While themes were similar to those discussed in the cabinet and senior staff session, the workshop was focused on in-the-classroom applications of concepts to move toward more inclusive learning environments.
  • Search committee forms and holds first meeting, Feb. 9, 2016
    The search committee for the VP for diversity and inclusion and associate dean of the faculty, comprised of students, faculty and staff and chaired by President Burstein, held its first meeting on February 9, 2016. The committee includes:
    • Mark Burstein, president
    • Madera Allan, associate professor of Spanish
    • Sam Bader ’18, anthropology major, ethnic studies and music minors
    • Kevin Buckhalton ’17, history major
    • David Burrows, provost and dean of the faculty
    • Carla Daughtry, associate professor of anthropology
    • Pa Lee Moua, associate dean of students for diversity
    • Mike Pope, associate director of annual giving and staff support for search
    • Matthew Stoneking, associate professor of physics
    • Nancy Wall, associate professor of biology
    • A.J. Williams ’17, environmental studies major
  • Firm named for VP for diversity and inclusion and associate dean of the faculty search, Feb. 8, 2016

    Lawrence University selected Carrington & Carrington, LTD to lead the national search for a vice president for diversity and inclusion and associate dean of the faculty. About the firm:

    Willie Carrington began the search practice in 1979 and was joined by Marian H. Carrington in 1991 as a principal and co-owner. Since then, they have together guided Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. through challenging economic periods to remain one of the leading African American-owned executive search firms in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, with a strong presence in Washington, D.C. and Memphis, Tenn., the firm’s impressive national client list consists primarily of Fortune 500 companies and nationally recognized not-for-profits.

    The firm places candidates in middle management and senior-level executive positions across various industries and all functional areas. Throughout its history, Carrington & Carrington, Ltd. has stayed true to its original mission of knowing and sourcing diverse talent for major companies and has become strong specialists in this area.

    "Strength through Diversity and Inclusion," reflects our belief that in order to remain competitive, companies must attract top diverse talent for the management pipeline and executive-level positions.

  • InciteChange! leads workshop for cabinet and senior staff, Feb. 2, 2016
    President Burstein, members of his cabinet (president’s direct reports), the senior staff (those reporting to cabinet members) and representatives from the PCDA staff subcommittee attended a five-hour workshop led by InciteChange! The roughly 50 participants discussed increasing understanding of the complex issues of identity, equity and inclusion on a university campus, exposing the realities of unconscious bias and other societal lenses and their influence on campus culture, and developing staff’s preparedness to engage critically in conversations and administrative decision-making related to identity, equity and inclusion. A follow-up session is being planned for this group.



  • Firm selected to lead first rounds of cultural competency training and workshops, Jan. 15, 2016

    InciteChange!, a consulting firm dedicated to building cultural competency within organizations, was hired to provide the first rounds of trainings and workshops for university faculty and staff. From its website:

    Mission: InciteChange! Consulting partners with colleges and universities engaging students, staff and faculty in reflection and skill development to deepen social justice conversations, practice and impact. Through a range of pedagogical approaches, we build capacity within individuals and organizations to foster sustainable social change.

    Approach: Social justice is for everyone. Instances of equity and justice appear all around us, in daily life and in all disciplines. We believe working for social justice takes lots of different forms and that there are a multitude of ways that you and your organization can commit to social change.

    Our approach centers on the belief that the knowledge needed to work for justice comes from head, heart and body, and that a community of learners can make a tremendous impact. Helping others to cultivate productive, interdependent relationships in pursuit of lifelong learning is at the core of our work. We’re facilitators who believe knowledge cultivation is a two-way street. We foster self-reflection and community development, providing groups with the tools necessary to continue their work for justice long after our involvement.

  • Bias incident report form launched, January 2016
    The report form is designed for students, faculty and staff to report bias incidents to University officials. This is meant to serve as an educational tool to help us better identify and monitor incidents of bias on campus, and to provide a means of discussing and working through incidents. Data from these reports will aid the PCDA and other university entities in appropriately tailoring educational opportunities for the campus community.
  • Diversity Center coordinator position posted for hiring, Jan. 25, 2016
    A search has begun for a Diversity Center coordinator, reporting to Associate Dean Moua. The position has attracted significant interest; more than 60 applications were received before the posting was closed in mid-February 2016. The search committee will consist of various Student Affairs staff, the associate dean of students for diversity, the dean of students, and Diversity Center student staff. The position is anticipated to start by the beginning of Spring Term 2016.
  • Community Gathering, Jan. 7, 2016
    Over 500 members of the Lawrence community, including students, faculty and staff, attended a gathering in the Warch Campus Center to learn more about the university’s commitments announced Jan. 2. Members of the administration, faculty and staff managing various aspects of the commitments were available to describe efforts underway, address questions of attendees and to gather input from the community. Also on hand were representatives of local law enforcement and the city of Appleton.
  • Framework for a more inclusive Lawrence email, Jan. 2, 2016
    Email from President Burstein sent to students faculty and staff outlining Lawrence’s commitments to a series of efforts aimed at building a more inclusive institution. The message described five principal areas of initiatives around: learning, resources, safety, enhanced diversity and dialogue across difference. In his message, President Burstein acknowledged that the path ahead would be challenging, but affirmed his belief that the institution is up to the task, saying:

    To build the learning environment and community we desire, we have to engage in hard work and difficult conversations and to integrate conflicting views of the present and future. This process will help us to develop the skills we need to be successful Lawrentians in this pluralistic and rapidly changing world. Without this process, we cannot move forward. This will mean change. I know we will rise to this challenge as a community, and I look forward to working with each of you on this goal.



  • Working group formed, Nov. 25, 2016
    Temporary working group formed to prepare proposals for consideration by the Faculty Governance Committee, the Curriculum Committee and the President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs.
  • Post Crescent publishes President Burstein's letter to the editor, Nov. 19, 2015
  • Students post demands to CODA Facebook page, Nov. 17, 2015
  • Students present demands to President Burstein and Dean Lauderdale, Nov. 17, 2015
  • Addressing racism at Lawrence email, Nov.16, 2015
    President Burstein sent an email to the campus community acknowledging student concerns about racism and their activism on campus and in the Appleton community and making the commitment to further discuss the issues raised at the start of the Winter Term. In the message, President Burstein also called for more change at the university and to "work together to fashion a community that will feel like home for all of us.”