The Lawrenceville School’s expanded Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) now benefits from the expertise of three new Diversity Coordinators: Nuri Friedlander, Beth Guzzo Foulk, and Kelly Wise.
The Coordinators, in conjunction with OMA’s Director of Multicultural Affairs Sam Washington ‘81, collaborate with Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Rick Holifield on a range of campus diversity initiatives, including student and campus events and activities. They also work with the Dean of Students’ Office to contribute residential and community programming focused on diversity, equity, and community engagement, and support student diversity efforts and leadership.
“Each of our new coordinators are experienced practitioners, and bring a wonderful combination of commitment and passion for working with students, and in the work of DEI and social justice,” said Holifield. “I am fortunate to have this amazing team to partner with, along with our long-time Director, Sam Washington. Together, our new coordinators are poised to enhance student programming but more importantly, the educational experience of our students as they learn and work to be effective change agents at Lawrenceville and beyond.”
OMA was formed in 2004 to address the needs for an increasingly diverse community to become more inclusive. Notable areas of progress in the school community can be seen in the composition of leadership both at the student and administrative levels. The School's diversity is now reflected in all areas where achievement can be both measured and recognized. In 2018, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force was created to look more broadly at diversity, equity and inclusion across the Lawrenceville experience, and to identify areas where the School needed to especially focus its efforts to ensure that it was living up to its mission of “best for all.” As a result of the Task Force recommendations, in 2020, Holifield was selected as Lawrenceville’s first Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and is now leading the work of bringing the School community together.
Religion & Philosophy Teacher
Ph.D. the Study of Religion, with a focus on Islamic Studies, Harvard University; M.S.W., Simmons College; M.A. in Arabic Language and Literature, American University in Cairo; B.A. in English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo.
Nuri Friedlander joined the Lawrenceville Religion and Philosophy faculty in 2019, coming from Phillips Exeter Academy, where he taught in the Religion department for the previous four years. While a doctoral student at Harvard, Friedlander served as an adjunct instructor, developing and teaching a master’s level course at Harvard Divinity School titled, “Spiritual Care and Counseling in Muslim Communities.” He also taught Arabic and served as chaplain for the Harvard Islamic Society.
At Lawrenceville, Friedlander is associated with Cleve House and he is an advisor to the Muslim Student Organization on campus as well as the Philosophy Society. He previously worked with students on the Big Red Farm.
Beth Guzzo Foulk
Associate Director of College Counseling
M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services, Lehigh University; B.A.s in English and Spanish, Lehigh University
Beth Guzzo Foulk joined The Lawrenceville School College Counseling office in 2016. She arrived from Lehigh University’s Admissions Department, where she served as the Senior Assistant Director, Admissions and Diversity Recruitment. While at Lehigh, she created the University’s recruitment strategy for Latin America, co-led planning and execution of the Diversity Achievers Program, and collaborated on the organization of Diversity Life Weekend. Foulk led the admissions team in strategic outreach and collaboration with college access organizations. This included overseeing recruitment travel to include college access organizations (nationally and internationally), creating new on-campus programs that welcomed first-generation students, and forming partnerships with organizations to best support recruited and admitted students.
Before joining Lehigh’s admissions team, Foulk was an intern with the Muhlenberg College Counseling Services, where she conducted individual counseling sessions and facilitated alcohol awareness and prevention for students. She was also a Career Counselor at Lehigh University, supporting students with resumes, cover letters, job and internship searches, interviews, and personality assessments.
At Lawrenceville, Foulk is affiliated with McClellan House. She is the head coach the girls’ junior varsity basketball team and assistant coach for the girls' volleyball team. Additionally, Foulk serves as the faculty advisor for the Rugby Club.
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
M.A.T. in Education and Sport Pedagogy, Manhattanville College; B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Science Studies, minors in Strength and Conditioning and Coaching Science, University of Delaware.
Kelly Wise has spent more than a decade working with student-athletes as a strength and conditioning coach, beginning her career at Manhattanville College before moving on to Villanova University, and The College of New Jersey. She joined Lawrenceville in 2010 as a part-time instructor and became a full faculty member in 2017, now the School’s Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. She is currently working to enhance the diversity, equity, and inclusion education available to Lawrentians in the School’s Personal Development seminars.
Since 2016, Wise has directed the Lawrenceville School Camp, which has provided a two-week, summer camp experience for underserved youth for more than a century. She was Head of the Kinnan House from 2017-2019 and is currently the Assistant Head for Cleve House.
Wise has been an annual guest lecturer at Drexel University (discussing strength and conditioning) since 2009 and has addressed sports performance and nutrition at the USA Ice Hockey Developmental District Camp three times. Her professional certifications include Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Sports Nutritionist, Water Safety Instructor/Lifeguard, Functional Movement Screen, and Camp Director.