This site is a gathering point for people in the LADO community to connect and share ideas and resources.

History and Mission

Founded in 2007, the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) consortium promotes best practices and innovative strategies in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

LADO offers an opportunity for the chief diversity officers (CDOs) working in select liberal arts settings to collaborate actively and engage in mutual learning, as well as to provide leadership in implementing and publicizing effective diversity strategies in higher education.

We are dedicated to facilitating systematic and systemic change in support of academic excellence and learning across all constituencies. And we work together to address the unique challenges and opportunities in liberal arts communities surrounding issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Purpose of the Consortia

Private liberal arts colleges (and smaller liberal arts universities) produce graduates with disproportionate representation in leading private, corporate, and public companies and institutions. Our institutions therefore have an increasingly important role to play in the national dialog about the importance of liberal arts education, critical thinking, civic and community engagement, and diversity and inclusion as being foundational to those goals.

LADO Leadership

Executive Committee

Mike E. Reed, Dickinson College (Co-chair and co-founder)

Crystal Williams, Bates College (Co-chair)

Miguel Fernandez, Middlebury

Amit Taneja, Holy Cross

other member names forthcoming…


Organizational Structure

Membership Committee (Gretchel Hathaway, Chair)

Research and Education Committee (Miguel Fernandez and Amit Taneja, Co-chairs)

External Affairs and Education Committee (Robbin Chapman, Chair)


Who We Are

Institution Name Position
Amherst College Norm Jones Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Bates College Crystal A. Williams Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Bucknell University TBD Associate Provost for Diversity
College of the Holy Cross Amit Taneja Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer
Connecticut College John McKnight Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion (interim)
Davidson College Wendy Raymond Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Dickinson College Michael E. Reed Vice President for Initiatives
Gettysburg College Jeanne Arnold Chief Diversity Officer, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Hamilton College TBD TBD
Hampshire College Diana Fernandez Chief Diversity Officer
Lafayette College Robin Rinehart Dean of the Faculty and Senior Diversity Officer
Middlebury College Miguel Fernandez Dean of the College and Chief Diversity Officer (interim)
Mt. Holyoke College Marcella Runell-Hall  Dean of Students (interim CDO)
Oberlin College Meredith Raimondo Special Assistant to the President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Providence College Rafael Zapata Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President
Reed College Mary B. James Dean for Institutional Diversity and Professor of Physics
Sarah Lawrence College Al Green Dean of Studies and Student Life
Smith College* Dwight K. Hamilton  Chief Diversity Officer
St. Olaf College Bruce A. King Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity
Trinity College Karla J. Spurlock-Evans Dean of Multicultural Affairs and Senior Diversity Officer
Union College Gretchel L. Hathaway Senior Director of Campus Diversity and Affirmative Action
Wellesley College Robbin Chapman Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Wesleyan University Antonio Farias Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships
Williams College Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity