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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration

7th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration 2022
Main Hall Green October 10, 2022 5-7 p.m.
Free and open to the public. All ages welcome.

Many cities and states across the United States have replaced the Columbus Day holiday with the official recognition of Indigenous People’s Day. Lawrence University welcomes the entire Fox Cities community to join us in celebrating and learning about the many contributions of Indigenous people globally through song, dance, food, and local Native American guest speakers/leaders.

-Opening Prayer: Dennis Kenote, Menominee elder
-Singing performance by Appleton Area School District high school students
-Guest Speaker: Ron Corn Sr, Tribal Chairman of the Menominee Nation
-Drumming Dreams guided meditation by Navajo artist and community healer Kristina Nez Begay
-Native American & Hawaiian music, singing, and dancing demonstrations
-Indigenous food provided throughout the event

Rain site: WCC/Somerset

Sponsored by LUNA (Lawrence University Native Americans) AASD (Appleton Area School District) D&IC (LU Diversity & Intercultural Center) S&RL (LU Spiritual & Religious Life) and NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities)

We collectively acknowledge that Lawrence University is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Menominee and Ho-Chunk people.

End of the Year Celebration!



This celebration is to highlight the accomplishments of our diverse campus community.

Come celebrate our seniors and recognize our students for their achievements this school year!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Awards Ceremony
5-6 PM Warch Campus Center Cinema
6-7 PM Diversity & Intercultural Center

Food will be Provided

Questions can be emailed to

Cultural Festival-Friday, May 20th 5-7 PM

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join us for great music, FREE food for students, and fun! The Cultural Festival takes place on Main Hall Green. There will be cultural performances, performances by LU community members, and food trucks! Rain site will be the Wellness Center gym.

Sponsored by: Alianza, AIO, BSU, CODA, COLORES, LUDWiG, LUNA, PAO, and the Diversity & Intercultural Center


Unmasking: Who Are We?

An Event to Remember and Raise Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit Peoples. Main Hall Green on Wednesday, May 4, 5:-7:30 p.m.

As we exit from this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are beginning to allow ourselves and others to remove the mask. What changes have we made over the past few years or are we still basically the same person, the same country? Some changes take generations and the past three years have brought us one small step toward justice for indigenous peoples. More people across Turtle Island are aware of the missing and murdered indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit peoples epidemic. Let’s unmask more of indigenous stories that form our identity.

Event Program:

5:00-5:10: Land Acknowledgement

5:10-6:00 PM: Guest Speaker: Renee Gralewicz

6:00-6:30 PM: Drums/Dancers

6:30-7:30 PM: Closing/Art Gallery in Diversity & Intercultural Center *Masks required in the Center*

Main Hall Green-Wednesday, May 4th, 5:00-7:30 PM

Sponsored by: Appleton Area School District, Diversity & Intercultural Center, LUNA, SAASHA, and the Wellness Center


About the Guest Speaker: Renee Gralewicz

Renee Gralewicz

Aquy! Greetings.  I’m Renee Gralewicz, the daughter of Theresa and Leonard, the granddaughter of Henrietta and Howard. We are members of the Turtle Clan. I’m an enrolled member of the Brothertown Nation and descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans. Like many, I hold several titles such as US Army Major (Retired) and Fulbright Scholar, but none more honorable and humbling than Elder and Peacemaker for Brothertown.  I proudly served on tribal council for several years.

My passion for learning sustained me throughout my years of teaching. My research interests always focused on helping make my communities healthier and welcoming to all. The past decade or two I’ve more closely attended to indigenous communities. Since retirement, my energies have been put into understanding, teaching, and sharing information about missing and murdered indigenous peoples. I currently am a member of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2 Spirit Task Force, the MMIW Outreach and Education Coordinator for Waking Women Healing Institute and a Brothertown representative on a Native Northeast Research Collaborative NEH grant.

Disability rights advocate talk April 8

Judy Heumann, a disability rights advocate who worked in both the Clinton and Obama administrations before launching her own business, will deliver a virtual Q&A at 12:30 p.m. April 8.

The Zoom session is open to the public; there will be live captioning. All participants must register for the Zoom session at this link: Once registered, they will receive a Zoom invite.

A viewing party will be held in the Nathan Marsh Pusey Room in Warch Campus Center. All attendees are asked to wear a mask.

Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of legislation, such as Section 504, the Individuals with Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Her memoir, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, co-authored by Kristen Joiner, was published in 2020. She also is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham. Heumann produces a podcast called The Heumann Perspective, which features members from the disability community.

Heumann serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Humanity and Inclusion, Human Rights Watch, United States International Council on Disability, and Save the Children. She has 20 years of nonprofit experience working with various disability organizations, including being a founding member of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living. Prior to starting the Judith Heumann LLC, she served in the administrations of President Clinton and President Obama.

The Q&A is being presented by LUDWiG (Lawrence University Disability Working Group). 

A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities

Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities

Pop-Up Exhibit” February 14th & Beyond

This exhibit, located on the 2nd floor of Mudd Library, addresses Appleton’s past racial exclusion, and how the Fox Cities emerged from this mountain of despair. Hosted by the Diversity and Intercultural Center.

“Black Excellence: Our Voices, Our Stories…” February 20th 3:00-4:30 PM

Join us for a lecture in Warch Cinema by Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran. Dr. Delano-Oriaran is a Professor, Dean of Social Sciences at St. Norbert College, and one of the Founders of the Stone of Hope Exhibit. Event sponsored by CODA.

To request accommodation for this event or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Allison Juarez Wunderlin at

DEI Peer Educators are Now Available

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has peer educators who are available to speak with student organizations, groups, and classes regarding anti-racism and allyship. Our goal is to listen, engage and learn respectfully with and from each other. Join us!

Details for the workshops are below:

The antiracism workshop is a one-hour session intended to help participants better understand the concepts of race and racism, discuss the consequences of systemic racism and help participants consider committing to a daily practice of antiracism.

The allyship workshop is a one-hour session intended to provide better understanding of the active process of allyship, discuss how we each can use our power to support marginalized folks and to help participants consider committing to a daily practice of allyship.

To arrange a workshop or presentation please contact Nora Robinson, Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Fellow,