Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 Institute for Equity & Social Justice focuses on fostering awareness about social identities and inequities, enhancing sensitivity to the moral dimensions of choices individuals make, and collaborating to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of the Lasell Community. To this end, the Institute sponsors forums that not only augment, but also transcend classroom experience. In addition, the Institute collaborates in coordinating and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in all divisions at Lasell University. 

Each semester, the Donahue Institute sponsors presentations, panels, workshops, and films on various local and global issues such as intercultural competence, institutional and interpersonal oppression, food insecurity, and mass incarceration. Other regular programs such as the "Student Voices" series involve students in panel discussions and community conversations around issues like socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, and other social themes. The Donahue Institute also works with students to encourage civic engagement, including voting and student activism. The Institute collaborates with faculty and staff to provide programming that connects classroom learning to the wider community. Students are actively involved in initiating and planning Donahue-sponsored events.

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