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17 Days of Kindness – April 27-May 13

17 Days of Kindness is quickly approaching! The 2nd annual campus-wide initiative is an opportunity to showcase the best of our community through a combination of events, gratitude, and a celebration of intentional and random acts of kindness that make Lawrence so special.

Ways to get involved!

  • Are you planning an event during this timeframe that’s centered around kindness or giving? Would you like your event included with this initiative? Please email Carter Robinson by Tuesday, April 7 with all event details (title, description, date, time, location).
  • Do you have ideas for events and are you interested in collaborating during this time frame? Email Carter Robinson for more information.

Volunteers needed! A schedule of events and volunteer needs will be shared soon. Be on the lookout for the schedule, and if you’re interested and available #BeKindLU and get involved!

Diversity Day Series: The Appleton Migration

Tuesday, March 28
5-6 p.m.
Appleton West High School – Library

Appleton, WI was a sundown town until 1973. This Diversity Day Series Segment focuses on the lives and experiences of women of color in the Appleton community.

Lawrence’s own Dr. Brittany Bell, dean of students, will be a part of the panel of speakers, along with Sarah Long-Radloff and Yvette Dunlap.

Seating is limited! Register by filling out this form.

Questions? Contact Kempton Freeman, Cultural Adviser

Save the Date: Duck Duck Democracy Event on March 28

Duck Duck Democracy is an opportunity for students to become civically engaged.

There is a Wisconsin state election coming up on Tuesday, April 4, and this event will allow students to become familiar with the voting process and educational resources. This is a space for students to explore what democracy means to them and learn about meaningful civic participation. Students can learn about voter registration, voter ID cards, transportation to the polls, ballot information, and more. Duck Duck Democracy will feature games and activities, free food, speakers from the League of Women Voters, and prizes!

Join the CCE for this event on Tuesday March 28 from 6-8 p.m. in Somerset! (Warch Campus Center)

Request for Participants in Research Study

Christina Holmgren, adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas, is conducting research for her dissertation.

Calling on Black Undergraduate Students

About the Study

I am conducting research for my dissertation on how the rhetoric utilized by Donald Trump during both his presidential campaign and election might have impacted the racial identity construction and development of Black students.

You can help!

As a participant in my study, I would be asking you to:

  • Share general demographic information.
  • Participate in two, 60-minute interviews focused on your lived experience during the presidential campaign and election of Donald Trump.
  • Allow our interviews to be audio recorded.
  • At the second interview, provide two separate photographs:
    • One meant to represent your understanding of your racial identity development before the presidential campaign and election of Donald Trump.
    • One meant to represent your understanding of your racial identity development after the presidential campaign and election of Donald Trump.


Participants should:

  • Identify as Black or African American.
  • Be traditional undergraduate students.
  • Live in the US during the presidential campaign and election of Donald Trump.
  • Be willing to share their lived experience as a Black student during the presidential campaign and election of Donald Trump.

Interested in participating?

Or know someone who is? Please reach out or fill out this survey.

Christina Holmgren

Author George M. Johnson Talk in Green Bay

Thursday, April 6
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Register today!

GSAFE and host UW-Green Bay Pride Center are pleased to present the return of Safe Schools, Safe Communities: State Conference on LGBTQ+ Youth.

Safe Schools, Safe Communities will feature a variety of speakers and workshops facilitated by local and regional experts. Conference participants will gain critical skills, tools, knowledge, and connections to help lead and support efforts to create safer, more inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth across Wisconsin, especially LGBTQ+ Youth of Color and Transgender and Nonbinary Youth. Our target audience includes adults who work with youth and their families.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is happy to help students attend this event if interested. We can arrange transportation and help with the conference fees. 

Let Helen Boyd-Kramer ( ) know if you’re interested in attending.

Conference Schedule

  • 7:30-8:30 a.m. – Registration
  • 8:45-9:30 a.m. – Opening
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. – Workshop
  • 11 a.m. – Keynote & Q&A with George M. Johnson
  • 12 p.m. – Lunch & book signing
  • 1-2:15 p.m. – Workshop
  • 2:30-3:45 p.m. – Workshop
  • 4-4:30 p.m. – Closing

About the Keynote Speaker: George M. Johnson

Our event is being headlined by award-winning and New York Times Bestselling Author, George M. Johnson. Their books “All Boys Aren’t Blue” and “We Are Not Broken” are critically acclaimed, but have been under scrutiny and challenged for including frank discussions and content relating to race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. They will be providing our keynote address with a Q&A, along with a stand alone workshop and book signing.

Pre-Conference Sneak Peek of Wisconsin Pride Documentary

We are partnering with PBS Wisconsin for a pre-conference sneak peek of the first hour of the documentary, Wisconsin Pride, which chronicles our state’s LGBTQ+ history. A collaboration between PBS Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Historical Society, this groundbreaking and essential documentary is set to premier later in June 2023. Along with an advance screening of part of the documentary, the event will also feature a panel and discussion. The sneak peek is only open to conference attendees and invited special guests. Sneak peek seating is currently limited and will be made available to attendees based on when they register.

Questions? Contact Maren Phalen (

LUX returns for April dates

Two more LUX events will take place April 2-3 and April 16-17. LUX is our day for incoming admitted students, applicants, and their families/guests.

The official LUX program begins Sunday at 5 p.m. and will end Monday at 4:30 p.m. During this time, students will hear from campus leadership, faculty, staff, and current students at presentations, classes, and touring campus, getting a taste for life as a Lawrentian.

We encourage folks to shine their light as we welcome our prospective students to campus. If you see a lost-looking student or group of people, please point them in the right direction. Please also avoid parking in Chapman lot Monday morning.

Thank you to all our campus partners who have volunteered their time, talents, classrooms, and spaces to welcome over 130 guests! Recruitment is a campus-wide effort, and we appreciate all that you do.

Jaime González
Associate Director of Admissions – Southeast Regional
Transfer Admissions Coordinator

Warch Campus Center Scheduled Crane Work

Boldt is planning to have a small crane on-site Thursday, March 23, from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM. They plan to put barriers around the crane and flag off the areas under where they are picking. Access to Warch will not be affected.

Facilities Operations asks that you please practice safety and be aware of your surroundings while in the area. Please let us know if there are any questions or concerns. As always thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Spring Break Food Drive

Spring Break Food Drive until March 21
Help us stock the Student Food Pantry for our Lawrentians!

Unexpired Items Needed:
-Microwaveable Meals
-Canned Chicken, Tuna
-Pasta/Noodles, Sauces
-Peanut Butter, Jelly
-Granola Bars
-Milk, Almond, Coconut
-Toothpaste, Toothbrushes
-Shampoo/Conditioner, Soaps
-Feminine Products

*Pull tab canned items encouraged*

Drop off donations in the Diversity and Intercultural Center (D&IC) kitchen in Memorial Hall or email

Visit the Pantry website for additional donation ideas and more information

New Employees/Promotions/Transfers

If you see them on campus, please welcome them to Lawrence!

New Employees

Kenny Yarbrough – Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Biati Issa – Custodian

Asende Kitungano – Custodian

Mackenzie Neumann – Coordinator of Alumni Development Communications

Chad Yamry – HVAC – General Maintenance

Rachel Flom – Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Social Change

Mukenshimana, Bienvenu – Bon Appetit

Aline Nyriamugisha – Bon Appetit

Tyrell Grswold – Bon Appetit

Donald Czarniecki – Bon Appetit

Josh Mischler – Bon Appetit

Shannan Hartel – Executive Assistant


Michael Reed – Student Life Specialist

Bart Boge – Lead Campus Safety Officer

Cody Haas – Lead Campus Safety Officer

Patrick Randerson – Lead Campus Safety Officer


Ben Dumke – Network and Systems Manager

NAfME Queer Theory and Music Education Symposium

April 7-8, 2023

Lawrence University’s National Association of Music Education presents its 6th annual symposium! All events are free and open to the public. You can fill out this RSVP form prior to the events (not required).


Friday, April 7

8:30 p.m. – LGBTuben
Memorial Chapel
Join us for a special performance by LGBTuben!

“The Lawrence Graduate Bayreuth Tuben Quintet is a tuben horn quintet that, fluid by design and inclination, is comprised of at least six members who identify as, know, or would like to know, someone who is LGBTQ+.

Informed by our decidedly un-Wagnerian values of inclusivity, diversity, and visibility, the LGBTuben Quintet aims to build and expand the cannon for our flexible ensemble and advance a non-hierarchical agenda that includes affecting positive social change and creating broader representation for the historically underrepresented.” 

Saturday, April 8

All events will take place in Lawrence University Conservatory, Room 163.

8:30 a.m. – Coffee
Join us for coffee and an assortment of breakfast pastries before we begin our day of learning!

9 a.m. – Ben Hiles
Ben Hiles ’22 presents his research on queer theory and music education.

9:30 a.m. – Dr. Gould
Dr. Elizabeth Gould presents her research on queer theory and music education.

“Associate Professor Elizabeth Gould teaches philosophically-based courses in music and music education. Her research in gender and sexuality in the context of feminism and queer theory has been published widely”

Her work includes: 

  • “Companion-Able Species: A Queer Pedagogy for Music Education.”
  • Homosexual Subject(ivitie)s in Music (Education): Deconstructions of the Disappeared.
  • “Dis-Orientations of Desire: Music Education Queer.”
  • Lead Editor. Exploring Social Justice: How Music Education Might Matter.
  • “Thinking (as) Difference: Lesbian Imagination and Music.”
  • “Legible Bodies in Music Education: Becoming-Matter.”

11:30 a.m. – Lunch with Professor Julie McQuinn
Professor of Musicology Julie McQuinn will facilitate a casual discussion about what we’ve learned thus far over lunch. 

Lunch will not be provided. Food is available for purchase in the Andrew Commons. Several options are also available within walking distance on College Avenue. You are also welcome to pack your own lunch! 

1 p.m. – Jessica Pruett, Gender Studies
Jessica Pruett presents an overview of queer theory and shares how queer theory shapes her pedagogy in the classroom.

2 p.m. – Talk with Dr. Gould
Dr. Gould leads us in a discussion to wrap up the event. We will reflect on our learning and imagine how we can bring this learning into our classrooms.