Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Office of Equity & Inclusion helps ensure that Lawrence Academy is safe, supportive, and equitable for all.

Student Leaders jump for a photo during Orientation.
Lawrence Academy seeks to encourage the voice of every community member and make education a means of celebrating diversity by acknowledging each individual’s unique qualities regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, religious affiliation, and political views. After all, our motto is Omnibus Lucet (“The light shines for all”), and our mission is to recognize each student for who they are, support and challenge them as they take responsibility for who they want to become, and empower them to take action for the greater good.
 
At Lawrence Academy, diversity isn’t about simply recognizing who you are as a unique person, however: It’s about acknowledging and exploring others’ diverse cultures and points of view and creating, participating in, and sustaining a just, inclusive, and equal community, both on campus and out in the world. LA faculty and staff want students to realize that this is work for everyone: No matter who you are, you have a role to play in those efforts.
"Our goal is to get students to understand that this work isn’t about diversity, it’s about community. In your ideal community, you want things to be equitable; you want people to feel included. They should see this as community work, because while today’s issue may not directly relate to them, tomorrow’s may."
 
Raquel Majeski, Assistant Head for Equity & Community Life
Students at a recent Club Fair.

Lawrence Academy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts encompass the full on-campus experience: A set of “community norms” guide how students, faculty, and staff interact with and treat each other. Programming throughout the year, including the Omnibus program and in-class discussions, bring these issues to the forefront. Identity-based student clubs, known together as Concordia clubs, bring like-minded students and their allies together, both to create a mini-community and involve students in each club’s chosen social cause. Concordia clubs all come together once per month as well, as LA’s Moral Courage Task Force, to encourage cooperation and explore how they intersect.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

Meet the Team

Raquel Majeski

Raquel Majeski

Assistant Head for Equity & Community Life
O'Shea Bell

O'Shea Bell

Assistant Dean of Students for Equity & Community Affairs
Meghan Smith

Meghan Smith

Coordinator of DEI Professional Growth and Practice, English

Professional Development

Among the various activities of the Office of Equity & Inclusion is the facilitation of ongoing training for instructors and staff to improve our practices, conversations, and outcomes. Concepts in Matthew R. Kay’s book Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom will be used as a tool to guide our professional development. Our Academic Leadership Team will complete SEED training via National SEED Project this year and the DEI team will lead book groups to allow the adults an opportunity to continue the conversation.

DEI at LA

Visiting Scholar Program

The J. William Mees Visiting Scholar Program has been a mainstay at LA for many years and gives our students the opportunity to interact with career professionals. Learn more...

Omnibus Lucet. The light shines
for all.

We believe three educational imperatives—diversity, equity, and inclusion—bring our motto to life, illuminating our mission and guiding our callings. Lawrence Academy recognizes you for who you are and inspires you to take responsibility for who you want to become.

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