Diversity makes us smarter. At St. Lawrence University, we embrace diversity in all its forms. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports the University’s efforts to create and sustain a living-learning community that challenges habits and assumptions underlying the structures of power, privilege, and injustice, and works to ensure that we are inclusive, welcoming, and empowering to all our members.
Respect. Empathy. Dialogue.
The Office of the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion helps ensure St. Lawrence University is a welcoming and empowering place for everyone.
In addition to the St. Lawrence Diversity Committee, initiatives from our office include:
Training & Workshops for Faculty, Staff & Students
From an eight-week diversity and inclusion certificate for faculty and staff members to special sessions for first-year students at Orientation, we offer numerous in-person and online educational opportunities for our entire campus community each year.
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Each year, we honor our students’ accomplishments during the Celebration of Diversity in the spring. We also celebrate, share, and contemplate during a week of social, educational, entertainment, and advocacy events as part of Diversity and Inclusion Week. Academic departments, student groups, and others contribute to programming that includes lectures, art exhibits, special meals, performances, panels, and films.
Tools & Resources
In order for our inclusion goals to be realized, the path forward needs to be mapped with intentionality. This plan, launched in February 2021, is a living document developed by the Diversity Committee and proposes a series of actions and interventions designed to raise awareness and improve the climate for inclusion.
Our Diversity Committee comprises a range of faculty and staff members and student representatives:
[transfer current list from: https://www.stlawu.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/diversity-committee]
Subcommittees include bias incident reporting and programming.
Also accessible are the following resources offering information related to St. Lawrence’s diversity and inclusion efforts:
- Statement on Diversity
- Presidential Commission on Diversity Report
- Discrimination and Harassment Policy
- Bias Incident Reporting Form
- Chosen Name Procedure
- Student Handbook
Our office also collaborates with academic departments, student service offices, and campus and community organizations.
Student Services & Support
St. Lawrence University provides unparalleled support to students of all backgrounds, including services that speak to our commitment to diversity and inclusion:
- Student Accessibility Services
- International Student Services
- LGBTQAI+ Student Services
- Chaplain’s Office/Religious Life
- First Generation College Student Initiative
Embrace multicultural opportunities and perspectives and expand your understanding of yourself, your peers, and the world throughout your academic journey:
- African American Studies
- Arabic Studies
- Asian Studies
- Caribbean and Latin American Studies
- Chinese Studies
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Global Studies
- Modern Languages
- Native American Studies
- Peace Studies
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Student Clubs & Organizations
Among our 150+ student groups, you will find many that celebrate cultural backgrounds and focus on inclusivity and critical social justice issues:
- African Student Union
- Asian Students Intercultural Association (ASIA)
- Black Laurentian Initiative
- Black Student Union
- Carefree Black Girls
- Chinese Students Association
- Club of American Sign Language
- Common Ground Connections
- French Club
- International House (I-House)
- Intersectional Board of United Voices (IBUV)
- Islamic Culture Club
- Jewish Student Union
- La Sociedad
- Men in Color
- Model U.N.
- Native American Student Alliance (NASA)
- Spectrum PRIDE Alliance
- SLU Euphrates Institute
See a list of active student organizations
Embracing Diversity in All Its Forms
countries represented in our student body
students of color and international students
Faculty members of color
of the Class of 2024 are first-generation college students
languages spoken on campus
of students use resources offered by Student Accessibility Services
Celebrating All Laurentians
Movement-Based Experimental Theatre Lab Saturday, October 21st E.J. Noble Center 109 from 2-5pm In their performance work Fay/Glassman Performance uses experiments in theatre to make highly accessible...
Diversity and Inclusion News
St. Lawrence University and the Ken Okoth ’01 Black American Music Project will welcome acclaimed musician and race relations expert Daryl Davis for an evening lecture and show on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
St. Lawrence University has named Brenda Papineau director of Native American Affairs. Papineau, a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2002, a master’s in counseling and human development in 2006, and a master’s in educational leadership in 2015.
Following a competitive review process, Haydee Matos ’25 and Zenani Mabuza ’24 connected with economics industry experts and explored potential career paths during the Expanding Diversity in Economics Summer Institute at the University of Chicago, an opportunity they credit to guidance from their St. Lawrence faculty mentors.