As Lawrenceville endeavors to strengthen its culture of belonging and to prepare its students as critical thinkers and doers, the School is honored to announce the forthcoming Hutchins Center for Race and Social Justice.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Belonging. Building. Becoming.
Launched in June 2021, Lawrenceville’s DEI Strategic Plan: Belonging. Building. Becoming. solidifies our commitment to ensuring that our diverse and uniquely close-knit community is fully equitable, and inclusive for all.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
The newly formed DEI Council is dedicated to overseeing the implementation and outcomes of our early action steps, reporting to our community on progress, and engaging in a longer-term process of strategic planning for DEI at Lawrenceville. The group’s initial charge is to review the three diversity action plans that have been presented to the School: the original plan by our DEI Task Force approved in 2019; a plan conceived of by members of the Board of Trustees and submitted in June of 2020; and the plan from the Lawrenceville Black Alumni Association (LBAA), submitted in July of 2020. Together, these plans constitute 219 recommendations. The plans have been consolidated and categorized, and will provide an important basis for a more focused strategic plan that will cover overarching priorities, including:
Enhancing student life through training, handbook revisions, diverse speakers and anti-racism resources, and anti-bias reporting;
Increasing faculty impact through training, handbook revisions, accountability measures, and recruitment and retention;
Elevating education through professional development and curriculum review; and
Achieving equitable outcomes through a climate survey and equity audit and resulting enhancements to the School community.
Alumni Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
The newly formed Alumni DEI Council was established in December 2020 by the Alumni Association Executive Committee in support of the School's DEI efforts. The Council shares their experiences during their time as Lawrenceville students and alumni, and also acts as a resource for the Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement and the School administration. In partnership with the Dean, Alumni DEI Council members interface with student organizations to increase connection and impact. The Alumni DEI Council includes Porter Braswell ’07, David Bruinooge ’93, Ivy Alphonse-Crean ’10, Hanna-Marie Garcia ’15, Barry Gonzalez ’82, Heather Hoffman ’11, Nina Kumar ’02, Neil Mehta ’02, Meera Nathan ’90, Bianca Okolie ’10, Audrey Safir ’20, Amir Sharif-Emami ’08, Lindsey Straus ’69, Natalie Tung ’14, and Steve Wong ’01.
Task Force on Diversity Recruitment and Retention
The Task Force on Diversity Recruitment and Retention focuses on enhancing the diversity within our community, while supporting professional growth and leadership of faculty and staff of color. In addition to a cross-section of faculty and staff, the Task Force will include Teressa Moore Griffin of Spirit of Purpose as a thought partner and resource.
The Task Force will develop key elements of a strategy to broaden our sources and networks for recruitment and retention. In addition, the group will consider and present recommendations to Head of School Steve Murray, including goals for diversifying the faculty and staff, measurement of progress over time, and a system for tracking the early opportunities of advancement and professional development.
With exams finished and a beautiful summer ahead, this is a perfect time to celebrate Pride by reading some of the wonderful LGBTQ+ books that the Bunn Library has available on Sora.
Yesterday, the Lawrenceville School community marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd
Holi is the Hindu festival of unity, light, and color.