Diversity and Inclusion Champion Awards

D&I Awards 2017

Each year, we recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Promoting intergroup, cross cultural understanding
  • Fostering the academic and personal success of groups that have been underserved and underrepresented in higher education 
  • Creating a campus climate that encourages and supports the expression of diverse perspectives and ways of being
  • Helping to prevent harassment, bullying and illegal discrimination
  • Contributing to efforts that foster greater diversity among Lawrence students, faculty and staff.

2022 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award Winners. These impressive individuals have used their many talents, resources, influence and privilege to help make Lawrence University more inclusive. While excelling in their individual roles of faculty, student, staff or community leader they have also helped our campus become a more diverse and equitable university that supports all associated with the institution reach their unique potential. Whether through service, activism or teaching they have all helped to make Lawrence a better place in which to work and learn. Therefore, it is with deep gratitude that I present to you this year’s award recipients.

Student Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Alex Chand ‘22

photo of Alex ChandHailing from Southlake, Texas, Alex Chand is a member of the Class of ’22, majoring in English and Physics. As a Lawrence athlete, she has competed in cross country, track and field, and swimming, winning accolades along the way. As a recently named Fulbright scholar, Alex will pursue a master’s degree in English literature at the University of Leeds in the U.K.

Alex is a passionate champion of disability advocacy. She founded Lawrence University Disability Working Group (LUDWiG) in 2020, a student organization devoted to making Lawrence more accessible. As a result of their accomplishments, LUDWiG was recognized with the student organization DEI award in 2021 and in February 2022, LUDWiG was approved to become an official Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) committee. Alex’s inspiration came from frustration with her own experience of inaccessibility on campus, and speaking with other Lawrence students who reported similar accessibility issues. She has expressed that disability doesn’t exist in a vacuum, it’s one aspect of identity that intersects with every other aspect.

With Alex’s compassion, Lawrence University is moving closer to being fully inclusive to all students.

Student Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Kelsi Bryant ‘22

photo of kelsi bryantKelsi Bryant, a member of the Lawrence Class of ’22, majoring in Government is originally from St. Louis. Kelsi became involved in student government while in high school and continued that involvement at Lawrence. Since her arrival on campus, Kelsi has focused on helping students feel safe on and off campus, and to make Lawrence a more accepting and supportive community.

To this end, Kelsi was inspired to join the Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) and was elected president for 2021-22. Kelsi believes it is important for students to feel connected to the larger campus community, even through the challenges of the pandemic. She has advocated for a hate speech policy and improving the effectiveness of Title IX investigations. She joined other members of the Class of 2022 to encourage the Class of 2025 to embrace Lawrence traditions built on gratitude and outreach.

Hats off to Kelsi and her work for the greater good now and in the future.

Student Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Tee Karki

photo of tee karkiComing from Nepal, Tee (Tapashwi) Karki, a junior government major, grew up in love with creating change.
Since arriving at Lawrence, Tee has become involved with the Student Alliance Against Sexual Harassment and Assault (SAASHA), which provides support and education regarding gender-bases misconduct. She is a Peer Educator in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion where she works with student organizations, groups, and classes regarding antiracism and allyship. Additionally, she is a Student Intern for the Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance and Title IX Coordinator. During the challenges of the past two years, Tee worked to raise awareness of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in South Asia.

Tee’s hopefulness in creating change wherever she finds herself, is what motivates her to strive for bigger and better things.

Staff Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Dr. Brittany Bell

photo of brittany bell Dr. Brittany Bell is the Associate Dean for Diversity, Engagement and Student Leadership in the Diversity and Intercultural Center (D&IC). Since her arrival from St. Norbert College in 2019, Dr. Bell has led her staff in providing a welcoming, inclusive, and creative gathering space for students of diverse backgrounds. As an ally and resource, she has become a valuable mentor for students and student organizations on campus.

Dr. Bell has been involved with the campus climate committee, the President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs (PCDA), acted as a diversity point person in the hiring process, has moderated a panel webinar on safety in Appleton, and assisted in the re-evaluation of Lawrence’s current practices in order to further emphasize anti-racism — both at the institutional and individual level. She addresses the basic needs of BIPOC students and access to haircare services, products, and ethnic foods not readily available in the Fox Cities.

Not only has her presence at Lawrence been vital to its growth of antiracism, equity and inclusion, she also contributed to the recently published book, Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls, published by SAGE Publications. Her chapter on colorism in the classroom was co-written by Ramycia McGhee. Dr. Bell and her family operate a business, designing and selling clothing and accessories that feature motivational and faith-inspired sayings, with monies being donated to nonprofits serving the homeless community.

Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Ann Ellsworth

photo of ann ellsworth

Coming to us from San Francisco in 2018, Ann Ellsworth is an Assistant Professor of Music (Horn). An innovative and creative musician, Ann tours internationally, collaborating with composers and performing with popular artists. The New York Times describes her as “outrageous” and “splendidly projected.”

Incorporating music, words, balladry and dance, Ann passionately takes on difficult subjects like the environment and racism. She is currently a Posse mentor, a faculty representative for CODA, and the Diversity Collaborative. Ann also brings her considerable talent and thoughtful approaches to help define the Strategic Initiatives in the area of DEIA.

Additionally, Ann has published a memoir relating her experiences with adopting 5 foster children.