Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Office of Equity & Inclusion helps ensure that Lawrence Academy is safe, supportive, and equitable for all.
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
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
Assistant Head for Equity & Community Life
Assistant Dean of Students for Equity & Community Affairs
Coordinator of DEI Professional Growth and Practice, English
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.
As a part of the ongoing growth, education, and commitment around DEI at Lawrence Academy, we are offering the following opportunities to all adult community members.
Winter Term: DEI at LA
Tuesday, January 11th at 7:00 PM
Recognizing and Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Join Dan Scheibe, Head of School, and Raquel Majeski, Assistant Head of Equity and Community Life as they discuss how LA recognizes Dr. King throughout the year through programming that culminates on the holiday. They will provide a preview of what the community can expect to see during the week of January 17.
Tuesday, January 25, February 8, and March 1
Join Raquel Majeski, Assistant Head of Equity and Community Life as she guides participants through The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing (The Social Justice Handbook Series) by Anneliese Singh Ph.D. LPC.
Participants of the series will be asked to complete chapters before each meeting. The meeting will be a facilitated discussion of topics that were covered.
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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
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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