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 DivEquityInclusion@lawrence.edu to receive the Zoom link or additional information about these discussions and workshops. 

Watch here for new, upcoming events.

Unmasking - Who Are We?

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 10, 2022

  • Indigenous People's Day
    4:00pm Warch Campus Center 324 - Somerset Room
    Event: 7th Annual Indigenous People's Day Celebration @ Lawrence University Date: October 10, 2022 Time: 5:00-7:00pm Many cities and states across the United States have replaced the Columbus Day holiday with the official recognition of Indigenous People's Day. Lawrence University welcomes the entire Fox Cities community to join us in celebrating and learning about the many contributions of Indigenous people globally through song, dance, food, and local Native American guest speakers/leaders. 5:00-7:00pm Main Hall Green (outside), 501 E College Avenue Appleton, WI. Rain Site: Somerset (Warch Campus Center) All ages welcome. Free and Open to the public. This collaborative event is sponsored by LUNA (Lawrence University Native American Organization), AASD (Appleton Area School District), the D&IC (Lawrence University Diversity and Intercultural Center) and the R&SL (Center for Religious and spiritual life) This is a diversity-related event.
  • Indigenous People's Day
    5:00pm Outside 032 - Main Hall Green Area
    Event: 7th Annual Indigenous People's Day Celebration @ Lawrence University Date: October 10, 2022 Time: 5:00-7:00pm Many cities and states across the United States have replaced the Columbus Day holiday with the official recognition of Indigenous People's Day. Lawrence University welcomes the entire Fox Cities community to join us in celebrating and learning about the many contributions of Indigenous people globally through song, dance, food, and local Native American guest speakers/leaders. 5:00-7:00pm Main Hall Green (outside), 501 E College Avenue Appleton, WI. Rain Site: Somerset (Warch Campus Center) All ages welcome. Free and Open to the public. This collaborative event is sponsored by LUNA (Lawrence University Native American Organization), AASD (Appleton Area School District), the D&IC (Lawrence University Diversity and Intercultural Center) and S&RL (Spiritual and Religious Life). This is a diversity-related event.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

  • National Coming Out Day - Fall Meet and Greet for LGBTQ+ Faculty, Staff, Students
    4:30pm Memorial Hall 113 - Diversity Center
    On National Coming Out Day, it's common for LGBTQ+ folks to gather, to raise a flag, and to tell each other how we came out, as what, and when. Join us to listen, to tell your story, or just to meet other LGBTQ+ people on campus. This is a diversity-related event.
  • Fox Cities Book Festival Author Event:Carmen Maria Machado
    6:15pm Warch Campus Center 204 - Cinema
    Join us in person on National Coming Out Day (during Hispanic Heritage Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month) for a virtual author visit. Carmen Maria Machado will join us via live video to discuss her book In the Dream House, a memoir about queer, interracial intimate partner violence. Carmen's talk will be followed by an interview conducted by Kathy Flores, director of Diverse & Resilient Appleton. After the interview, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Carmen. This is a diversity-related event.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

  • LUDWiG Weekly Meeting
    7:30pm Memorial Hall 114 - Classroom
    This is the weekly meeting of the Lawrence University Disability Working Group. This is a diversity-related event.
  • What do Abortion Bans Have to do with Transphobia and White Supremacy? Everything.
    7:30pm Warch Campus Center 224 - Esch Hurvis Studio (Esch)
    Efforts to outlaw abortion, criminalize trans youth's access to healthcare, and suppress education about white supremacy or queerness are all part of a gendered racial project that denies marginalized groups bodily autonomy and self-determination. This talk addresses recent public policies and social movement responses to demonstrate how the fight for abortion access is inseparable from the fights for racial justice and queer/trans liberation. This is a diversity-related event.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

  • Latin American and Spanish Film Festival
    4:30pm Warch Campus Center 204 - Cinema
    LULASFF is back in 2022 to celebrate Latin American, Latinx, and Spanish cultures through film. Find detailed info at http://go.lawrence.edu/lasf This is a diversity-related event.

Friday, October 14, 2022

  • Latin American and Spanish Film Festival
    4:30pm Warch Campus Center 204 - Cinema
    LULASFF is back in 2022 to celebrate Latin American, Latinx, and Spanish cultures through film. Find detailed info at http://go.lawrence.edu/lasf This is a diversity-related event.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

  • Latin American and Spanish Film Festival
    4:30pm Warch Campus Center 204 - Cinema
    LULASFF is back in 2022 to celebrate Latin American, Latinx, and Spanish cultures through film. Find detailed info at http://go.lawrence.edu/lasf This is a diversity-related event.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

  • Latin American and Spanish Film Festival
    1:30pm Warch Campus Center 204 - Cinema
    LULASFF is back in 2022 to celebrate Latin American, Latinx, and Spanish cultures through film. Find detailed info at http://go.lawrence.edu/lasf This is a diversity-related event.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

  • PLUS Weekly Meeting
    5:00pm Memorial Hall 113 - Diversity Center
    Weekly meeting for the Program for Leadership of Underrepresented Students This is a diversity-related event.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

  • LUDWiG Weekly Meeting
    7:30pm Memorial Hall 114 - Classroom
    This is the weekly meeting of the Lawrence University Disability Working Group. This is a diversity-related event.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

  • Art @ Noon(ish)
    12:15pm Wriston Art Center 202 - Lobby
    Join us for a low-key, 20-minute lunchtime tour of the current art exhibitions. This is a diversity-related event.

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