The Lawrenceville Fund Challenge for Equity and Inclusion

75% of $200,000 goal
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An Anonymous DonorTom Tesauro matched $20,000

An Anonymous DonorGlenn Hutchins matched $100,000

While Young Alumni (classes of 2006 - 2020) kicked off The Lawrenceville Fund Challenge for Equity and Inclusion, we're happy to now open the challenge to other classes. Thank you, for joining us in giving back for a more equitable and inclusive Lawrenceville.   


In addition to the match offered by Trustee Emeriti Glenn Hutchins '73 (see below for details), Tom Tesauro '08 has generously offered another challenge! He will be matching every gift, dollar-for-dollar, until $20,000! If you give a gift today, your gift will be matched 3:1! 

Lawrenceville is committed to becoming a more just and equitable school. Among the immediate steps in place for this year, the School is engaged in investing in personal growth and development, increasing diversity among faculty and staff, and establishing bias reporting tools.

This fundraising challenge aligns with those key commitments and provides an opportunity for the many young alumni who have asked how they can help, to target their annual giving in the area of diversity and inclusion, as well as triple the impact of their support with a 2:1 (two for one dollar) match until we reach our $200,000 goal thanks to the generosity of Trustee Emeriti Glenn Hutchins ‘73. 

Outlined below are some of this year’s priority initiatives put in place by the inaugural Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Rick Holifield, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. While the School has already dedicated funds to support these projects, dollars raised during this challenge will help ensure the long term, sustained impact of this important work. 

Thank you for giving generously, in support of a more inclusive Lawrenceville. 

Climate Assessment and Equity Audit

  • What is a climate assessment? A climate assessment serves to investigate policies, practices, and procedures within an organization, and in the case of Lawrenceville, our entire school community. The School commits to conducting a thorough assessment of policies and practices as they pertain to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Equity Audit: This process analyzes how well the School creates, implements, and assesses equitable practices and policies from the perspectives of key stakeholders in the community: students, faculty/staff, parents, and alumni. 

Results from these two reports, which will be facilitated by an outside agency, will produce commendations and recommendations for the purpose of creating a Diversity Action Plan, which outlines long-term plans of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at The Lawrenceville School, with the end goal to overhaul curriculum, diversity within faculty/staff disciplinary policies, etc. 

Training for the Lawrenceville Community

  • The School commits to hiring external organizations and experts to provide training on implicit bias descrimination for the entire (current) Lawrenceville community. 
  • Training for Students: In addition to providing training for this year’s student leaders during orientation, various external organizations will work with Lawrenceville students so that they can graduate with the necessary skills to effectively listen and communicate with people across cultures while being aware of their own world view. These adaptive cultural competencies will build future leaders and directly support our mission to “inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.”    
  • Training for Faculty/Staff: This year, Lawrenceville faculty will work with Bryant T. Marks, Ph.D., the Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity. Dr. Marks will also conduct training about implicit bias, in order to strengthen faculty members’ skills to recognize and reform biases caused by systemic racism in order to effectively lead Lawrenceville’s student body. 

​ Progress since the initial launch of the Challenge (in October 2020)

Creation of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Chaired by Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement Rick Holifield, the newly formed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is dedicated to overseeing the implementation and outcomes of our early action steps, reporting to our community on progress, and engaging in a longer-term process of strategic planning for DEI at Lawrenceville. The group’s initial charge is to review the three diversity action plans that have been presented to the School: the original plan by our DEI Task Force approved in 2019; a plan conceived of by members of the Board of Trustees and submitted in June of 2020; and the plan from the Lawrenceville Black Alumni Association (LBAA), submitted in July of 2020. Together, these plans constitute 219 recommendations. The plans have been consolidated and categorized, and will provide an important basis for a more focused strategic plan that will cover overarching priorities, including: 

 ●Enhancing student life through training, handbook revisions, diverse speakers, antiracism resources, and anti-bias reporting; 

Increasing faculty impact through training, handbook revisions, accountability measures, and recruitment and retention; 

Elevating education through professional development and curriculum review; and

 ●Achieving equitable outcomes through a climate survey and equity audit, informing enhancements to School programs and culture.

Partnerships The School has become an affiliate partner of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum that seeks to inspire ongoing dialogue about human rights throughout communities. In addition to access to resources and experts provided by the museum, the partnership program also provides professional development workshops led by Center staff. These workshops are available on a range of topics, including culturally responsive teaching, antiracist education, and contemporary pedagogical methods and techniques that align with human and civil rights curricula. The School also has existing partnerships with Cultures of Dignity, the Anti-Defamation League, Equal Justice Initiative, HiTOPS Adolescent Health & Wellbeing, the Stanley King Institute, and others.

Policies and Accountability The School has revised the student and employee handbooks to more specifically define acceptable behaviour and language, and to more clearly articulate expectations for conduct as Lawrentians as well as consequences for failing to meet these ideals.

For further information on ongoing work and future plans, you may visit

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