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Join a Guiding Coalition

At last week’s Matriculation Convocation, President Carter shared with our community a framework for a new way of collaboratively working together to strengthen our university. At the conclusion of her address, she called on Lawrentians–faculty, staff, and students alike–to join together to transform Lawrence into a university that is poised to lead in the new higher education landscape.

Bolstered by the sense of urgency that comes with the external challenges at hand, Lawrence will create five guiding coalitions that will serve as accountable, integrated groups bound by opportunity, strategy, and action. Consisting of a volunteer army of Lawrentians from across the university, they will form strategic visions and initiatives to move us forward. They will also work and be authorized to remove barriers so that they are able to generate short-term wins, sustain acceleration, and ultimately institute change.

Each coalition will be provided a charge and timeline for the work. Structurally, each will have co-leads (at least one faculty member and one staff member) who facilitate the group’s work and will consist of members from multiple layers of the university hierarchy and will represent all constituents—faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni. Members of the coalitions must have a sense of urgency and a commitment to the change initiative at hand. Our five guiding coalitions and their co-leads are:

  • Visioning Our Five Priorities—Jason Brozek, Stephen Edward Scarff Professor of International Affairs & Associate Professor of Government & Jenna Stone, Associate Vice President of Finance
  • Full Speed to Full Need—Cassie Curry, Director of Major & Planned Giving & Jake Frederick, Professor of History
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism—Connie Kassor, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies & Jacklyn Fischer, Assistant Director, Career Center – Health Professions
  • Athletics—Kim Tatro, Director of Athletics & Gary Vaughn, Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Coordinator, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program
  • 175th Anniversary—Ed Berthiaume, Director of Public Information & Lina Foley-Rosenberg, University Archivist

All members of the Lawrence community have the opportunity to participate, step up and act like never before. Everyone, regardless of role, can engage in this process.

If you are interested in joining a guiding coalition, please email Alice Boeckers, executive assistant to the president, at by Friday, September 24. And if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your Cabinet member or one of the leads listed above. Coalition membership will be finalized and communicated with campus by September 30.

Join the fall 21-Week Equity Challenge

The 21-Week Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.

How it works:

  • Individuals are encouraged to take on the challenge themselves, or form groups for discussion and reflection.
  • Those who sign up will receive an email at the beginning of each week for 21 weeks, starting Monday, August 30, 2021 to Monday, January 17, 2022.
  • Weekly topics take participants through a journey that starts with understanding internalized racism and explores how racism permeates person-to-person interactions, institutions, and social structures.
  • The experience is intended to deepen understanding, suggest ways to act, and helps launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion in our communities. 

This Challenge is being hosted by United Way of Wisconsin. To learn more about it, visit the Equity Challenge page on their website.

Special Edition of The Ariel

Hello Lawrentians,
I hope your summer is going well.  I am beyond excited to share The 2013- 2021 Ariel with you. This special edition of The Ariel was brought to you by the staff of The Lawrentian and members of the Lawrence University Community Council.

The Ariel is intended to celebrate the student body and President Mark Burstein, as he embarks upon his next adventure. Thank you for your leadership and your light.  

To view The Ariel, click here.

Kelsi Bryant ’22
LUCC President

Celebration of Life for John Koopman on Sunday, July 18, in Appleton

Headshot of John Koopman
John Koopman, Founder of Lawrence’s Opera Program

Where:  Homestead Meadows, W7560 Spencer Road, Appleton, WI (near airport)

Event will be outdoors (large tent) and masks are required (available at event).

When:  Sunday July 18, 2021, 1:30PM to 5PM (main program starts at 2:30PM).

Who:  John’s family invites anyone who wishes to celebrate and honor John.  The program will include words from friends and family, and special musical contributions.  Guests will also be invited to speak.

Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and other refreshments will be served throughout.

Please RSVP and for more information:  Phone: 920-319-4200, email:  or Facebook Event page: ; these sites are hosted by 88 Events for the Koopman family.

For more information on John: and and

2021 Senior Art Show

The 2021 Senior Art Show will be open to visitors by appointment:
May 28 – June 25
Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional hours during Commencement Weekend:
Friday, June 11, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 13, 12 to 2 p.m.

Complete this form to request a time to visit to the Senior Art Show. Additional visit dates/times can be arranged by request, contact Beth Zinsli at:

On-campus folks: include information for any off-campus visitors and gallery staff will submit a guest registration form for you; you will be expected to escort the visitors around during their visit to Wriston. All visitors must adhere to Lawrence University’s safety guidelines while viewing the exhibition.

2021 Senior Art Show Postcard

Harrison Symposium, Saturday May 15, 9:00am-12:15pm

The Harrison Symposium is this Saturday (May 15th) 9:00am-12:15pm held virtually on Zoom. Featuring remarkable student-research and creative projects across disciplines including the Humanities, Film Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Musicology, and Social Sciences.

Schedule available on the Harrison website (Zoom links available the morning of):

Or email for a schedule (with links available Friday May 14th).

Data Bytes and Updates …

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) has posted the Common Data Set and the colleague version of the Fall 2020 Fact Book. Be sure to check these out if you are looking for data!

Thank you to all who participated in the HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey!

Check out a list of our recent and upcoming presentations that have focused on data-informed decision-making as it relates to student success and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) efforts.

University Convocation:

Thursday, January 28, 2021

11:15 a.m. (please note time change)

“The Radical Possibility and Democratic Necessity of Navel Gazing”

Kiese Laymon, author and Hubert H. McAlexander Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Mississippi.

Virtual Convocation, Interview and Q & A

Heavy Coffee Talk: Request your copy today

Graphic including the book cover for "Heavy: An American Memoir" by Kiese Laymon and a photo of the author with the following text: Heavy Coffee Talk. Virtual Book Discussion. MLK Day. Jan 18th. 10AM-11AM CDT. Kiese Laymon will be "on campus" for our Winter Convocation: Jan 28th 11:10AM.

Please join us for a community book read of Kiese Laymon’s book Heavy: An American Memoir on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan 18th 2021 from 10-11 AM.

Students, staff, and faculty volunteers will lead a discussion on this compelling work. Kiese Laymon will join us virtually for the Winter Convocation on January 28th entitled: “The Radical Possibility and Democratic Necessity of Navel Gazing,” Kiese Laymon, author and Hubert H. McAlexander Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Mississippi”. 

To register and request your free copy of Heavy: An American Memoir, please fill out the information at the following link by Oct 30th:

Contact or with questions.

Thank you, 

Public Events Committee and the Diversity and Intercultural Center