Equity & Inclusion

Dean Allen GreenRecognizing the growing importance of diversity within the institution, as well as issues related to athletics and student health and wellness, Sarah Lawrence College established the position of Dean of Equity & Inclusion. Filling the new post is Allen Green, who served as Dean of Studies & Student life for 16 years.

“The pressures on campuses today are such that our administrative structures must be responsive and focused,” said College President Karen R. Lawrence in announcing the new position. "Dean Green moves into this new position having stewarded campus life for well over a decade. His leadership in this new role will ensure that we are putting our students’ needs at the forefront of institutional priorities.”

Some of the challenges colleges across the country, particularly liberal arts colleges, have been facing in recent years include calls for greater diversity of their communities including students, faculty, and staff. In addition, issues that affect the health and wellness of campus communities generally, such as sexual assault, require heightened attention.

Among his priorities, Dean Green is working with a national organization of diversity officers to connect with doctoral degree-issuing universities including Columbia and UC Berkeley to increase applications from minority candidates for faculty positions.

“In 2050, current minority populations will become the majority in this country,” says Dean Green. Students must be prepared to engage fully in the workforce and society in general, and colleges play a vital part. We want our campus to maintain a standard that will challenge us, particularly in the areas of race and inclusiveness, to be a better community. And that means a diverse enough faculty to provide the role models and mentors necessary to meet the needs of a diverse student body.”

Other highly visible challenges to the wellbeing of college communities include student behavior such as alcohol and other substance abuse and sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. Education to prevent abuses and encourage more healthful living is an important part of the responsibilities of the new deanship.

Among his duties, Green is also responsible for athletics at Sarah Lawrence. The College is in its first year as a full member of NCAA Division III.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Sarah Lawrence College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or its expression, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission, employment, educational policies, scholarship or other financial aid programs, athletic, or other College-administered programs. Sarah Lawrence affirms that it admits students and selects employees regardless of race, sex, gender, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or its expression, veteran status, disability, religion, age, or national or ethnic origin, and thereafter accords them all the rights and privileges generally made available to students or employees at the College. Continuing its longstanding policy to actively support equality of opportunity for all persons, the College is strongly committed to basing judgments about individuals solely upon their qualifications and abilities, and to protecting individual rights of privacy, association, belief, and expression.

Sarah Lawrence College is committed to the ideal of a community founded in mutual respect and tolerance. Free and robust debate and exchange of ideas are at the heart of our academic enterprise. However, the College makes a distinction between free expression of ideas and physical or verbal abuse or harassment, which threatens or inhibits such expression, or significantly interferes with a person's education or work. The College takes the issues of discrimination and harassment seriously, and will thoroughly investigate any complaints that are brought to its attention. If the investigation determines that discrimination or harassment has occurred, appropriate disciplinary action will be invoked, up to and including permanent separation from the College. Retaliation against an individual for reporting or providing information about discrimination or harassment is an equally serious violation of College policies.

Pursuant to Revenue Procedure 75-50 dated December 8, 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), and the Department of Health and Human Services regulations promulgated to effectuate Title IX and Section 504, Sarah Lawrence College hereby gives notice of its nondiscriminatory policy as to students and employees.

Inquiries concerning the application of the aforementioned Revenue Procedure, Title IX, or Section 504 to any policy, program, or other activity at Sarah Lawrence may be referred to the director of human resources, who has been designated by the College to oversee the continued application of the College’s nondiscriminatory policies, or to the Chief Diversity Officer who is also the Title IX Coordinator: Allen Green, Dean of Equity and Inclusion, agreen@sarahlawrence.edu, 914.395.2527, Andrews Annex Room 102B, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708. In addition, inquiries may be addressed to: Director, Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education Washington, DC.

Statement on Diversity

Sarah Lawrence College is committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive learning, working, and living community. This requires students, faculty, administration, and staff who reflect the diversity of our society; that people from different backgrounds and with different views be prepared to treat one another with mutual respect and honest curiosity so that they can engage and learn from one another; and that diversity infuse all aspects of the life and mission of the College. These conditions enable a genuine liberal arts education, in which the presence of people with different experiences and ideas, engaged in critical dialogue, overcomes ignorance and builds trust and knowledge.

Courtesy of the Diversity Committee