Lafayette College Diversity Statement

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, values mutual respect, and exists in a collaborative atmosphere that is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff who represent a wide variety of views and experiences. The College seeks to promote diversity in its many manifestations. These include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and place of origin.

Role of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council

(September 24, 2019  memo to the community announcing DEI Council)

The DEI Council coordinates efforts specific to faculty, students, and staff and is responsible for generating campus-wide initiatives and collaborative programming. The DEI Council serves to:

  • Navigate DEI campus concerns bringing together appropriate committees and offices throughout campus whose mission it is to build a more inclusive campus community.
  • Establish priorities, ensure open and transparent communication, facilitate connections between standing committees, and work actively to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus with attention to such issues as hiring, retention, climate, discourse, curriculum, and programming.
  • Build resources and make them accessible.
  • Help to ensure that we are prepared to support and adapt to our evolving community.

During the Academic 2020-21 year the DEI Council has committed to:

  • Hosting  bi-weekly open DEI dialogue sessions for students faculty and staff that may be topical or open for attendees to discuss their DEI questions, concerns and suggestions to the Council.
  • Work with Divisions to develop division-specific plans for additional ongoing training and education on bias awareness and racism including, specifically, anti-black racism.
  • Develop and implement an Invisible Labor Program that recognizes and compensates faculty and staff who support our BIPOC students and other underrepresented students.
  • Research and develop a Land Statement for institutional use.
  • Participate and promote the College’s members in the University of Southern California’s new Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA). The Alliance provides member institutions faculty and staff access to a range of campus surveys, resources and monthly virtual learning sessions about antiracism, diversity and equity provided by the USC center.

DEC Council Members

Jamila Bookwala, Ph.D.

Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Psychology
Chair-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Karina Fuentes

Assistant Director of Intercultural Development

Alma Scott-Buczak ‘74

Associate Vice President Human Resources

Robert M. Young ’14

Director of Intercultural Development

Terri Deily

Administrative Support
Assistant to the Vice President for Communications