Equity & Community Life

The Office of Equity & Community Life 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, Associate Head of School

Lawrence Academy’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging 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.

Upcoming Events & Programs

Community Conversations & Discussions

As a part of the ongoing growth and education happening around Lawrence Academy’s commitment to DEIB, we are offering the following optional opportunities to all adult community members.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 6-7 p.m. – Book Discussion

Are you terrified of saying the wrong thing? Do you want to engage in conversations without feeling like you have to check your values at the door? Join us for a judgement free discussion of the book Say the Right Thing. How to Talk About Identity, Diversity, and Justice by Kenji Yoshino and David Glasgow.

Register Here

2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

This year, Lawrence Academy is celebrating the life of MLK with a week full of programming involving both our current students and alumni. Below is the Dr. King quote we've chosen to direct our learning this year. Click the link below to view our schedule.

"Light has come into the world, and every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating MLK - Schedule

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 four educational imperatives—diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging—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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Equity & Community Life Programs

Meet the Team

Raquel Majeski

Raquel Majeski

Associate Head of School
Dennis Canty

Dennis Canty

Dean of Equity and Community Life
Katherine Svec

Katherine Svec

ESL, English, Director of International Student Programming