Share Your Thoughts

The Professional Development Subcommittee of the PCDA wants to know about the development work you and your colleagues are doing related to diversity and inclusion—and what opportunities you’d like to see.

This information will help the subcommittee identify current areas of interest and need related to diversity and inclusion programming, as well as identify barriers related to participation and access for upcoming offerings.

Take the survey here:

All responses are anonymous and this is an open form that can be accessed to communicate with the committee on your own time.  

Maximizing Our Resources

Being a part of ACM and WAICU has many advantages. Summits, conferences and workshops available through their virtual portals allow staff and faculty to find what fits their needs, interests, and areas of challenge. By coming outside of one’s comfort zone and doing a professional ‘gut-check’, we allow ourselves to leave our silos and find deeper meaning in areas that need regular refreshing. Addressing trends within and beyond ACM and WAICU, Lawrence staff and faculty are encouraged to explore professional development avenues that foster an environment of inclusivity, and engage their findings through their everyday work.

As stewards of the university and its students, we can hold each other respectfully accountable for advancing this necessary work. As we do so, we collectively merge toward a single pathway of success that is lined with engaged scholarship, student retention, global citizenship, belonging and purpose, progress to degree, and lifelong learning development, while also creating social and professional insight. Check out just a few options from ACM and partners.

Date & TimeThursday, February 25, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (CT)


Diversifying Pedagogy
Cultural Taxation
Hiring, Promotion, & Tenure
Names and Commemorations

First-year experience – March 2021 (WAICU)
Discussion Session:  Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central

Succeed at Work: Diversity in the Workplace

Lawrence employees can take part in an upcoming webinar that will explore strategies to prevent behaviors that interfere with the ability to work with people who are different than themselves. Participants will learn how perceptions, assumptions and biases develop and how they impact responses.

The webinar is available through the Employee Assistance Program, ERC.

Succeed at Work: Diversity in the Workplace – December 17th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Username: ERC
Password: ERC

Professional Development: Super Womxnhood: Debunking Notions of Perfection for Womxn of Color

Webinars available through the student affairs association ACPA College Student Educators International contribute in interesting ways to bettering the student life experience. Educators, staff and administrators alike can benefit from the offerings of this professional organization. By reviewing the webinar “Super Womxnhood: Debunking Notions of Perfection for Womxn of Color”, it is through this lens that we can get a glimpse of perceptions and expectations that exist all around us.

Additionally, through first hand accounts and researched findings, we are offered an opportunity to look more closely views and ideas that inform those expectations. Through examination of our own practices, biases, allowances and experiences, we find greater opportunities for the alignment of ideas and performance.

This webinar has a fee of $10. Interested participants can register here.

Reaching People Where they Are, And Where You Are

As a part of developing professionally, the urge to stay in the silos that feel comfortable can be a quick way to stunt progress. Upwardly, laterally, or into new paths, it’s important to be nimble and informed of the working details and specifics of a modern workplace. The ideas may be presented on topics one feels knowledgeable about. The manner of the presentation may be inconvenient or disruptive to how things ‘have always been done’. You may feel resistant to the messaging.

Consider checking yourself in those moments.

Ask yourself why you aren’t more conscious or aware of the concepts being presented, and begin to unpack the sources of those ideas. Sound logic can carry your professional development further than emotion can, and with no loss of passion within your own role.

At all levels of campus, we as staff, faculty and students are being encouraged to create inclusive and brave spaces for all people, and with attention to BIPOC or other marginalized communities. We invite you to review the series of webinars being presented by the ACM, and begin to explore the concept of Professional Development as you look through the lens of Diversity and Inclusion. This series of 8 webinars are available to faculty and staff, touch on a variety of campus issues.

Workshops have already begun and are scheduled for every fourth Thursday of the month from 4:00 – 5:30p.m. (CT). Sessions will be recorded and made available on the ACM page within a week of the session. Alternative dates will be identified for November (Thanksgiving) and December (Winter Break).

Equity in the Classroom live webinar series presented by WAICU

As a continued resource to connect the bridges of professional development and increased understanding of diverse populations, the Leading With Diversity blog seeks to bring opportunities from beyond the Lawrence scope with the intention to broaden perspectives and increase awareness of professional interdependence in diverse communities. As we engage in higher education and beyond, we steward ourselves and our associated populations toward greater competencies overall.
Please visit this blog-space for sharable resources as you seek to broaden your own perspectives.

Forging ahead with new opportunities, consider this Equity in the Classroom live webinar series presented by WAICU as an opportunity to better understand the strategies and stories of today’s diverse learning environments. The webinar series has a set of three dates with varying topics, beginning on November 4th. Webinars may be viewed individually or as participants are available.


Ramadan in U.S. culture is a place where the two worlds of observant Muslims can be placed slightly out of alignment: the practical world of school or work, and the religious world of faithful observance.  Muslim employees, co-workers, and students may be fasting for Ramadan, a chosen practice that those observing believe brings them closer to God. As colleagues to students and workers in a space where others might be fasting, we should educate ourselves about what fasting means in this context and how it can affect others. For example,  we should take into consideration that the absence of food and water during daylight hours may affect how that student or worker manages their time due to changes in concentration and energy.    

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Creating a Safe Space

90 percent of transgender people experience harassment or discrimination in the workplace. Everyone has the right to a workplace that is free from emotional harassment, physical harassment, and/or discrimination. Likewise, we all have a responsibility to help create safe spaces at work for our transgender colleagues.

This month, we are featuring a link to a self-guided training to increase your knowledge of, and broaden your perspective on, LGBTQ+ issues. The training will introduce foundational LGBTQ+ concepts, as well as provide you with the tools and vocabulary to continue to grow in your ability to help create a safe and collegial workspace.

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Sometimes Disabilities are Invisible.   

“When one is disabled, the problem is not really that they have impairments and social skill deficits. The issue at stake is that they live in an ‘ableist’ culture that rarely affords them the space or opportunity to make their unique contribution to society and does not lift up the value of choosing them as friends.”

– BEN CONNER, AMPLIFYING OUR WITNESS  Continue reading “Sometimes Disabilities are Invisible.   “

Checking the Box “Diversity-Related Event or Gathering”

Using the LU Room Reservation System?
Have you noticed that new checkbox under “Details”?
The one that says “Diversity-Related Event or Gathering”?

To create a more inclusive Lawrence, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Diversity and Intercultural Center encourage the campus community to be aware of upcoming events, organizations, services, workshops, and ongoing initiatives in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

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