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

Organizational Structure

Membership Committee (Gretchel Hathaway and Antonio Farias, Co-Chairs)

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

External Affairs and Education Committee (Mary James and Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes, Co-Chairs)


Who We Are

Allegheny CollegeTBD
Amherst CollegeNorm JonesChief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Bates CollegeTBD
Berea CollegeLinda Strong-LeekVice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Bucknell UniversityTBD
College of the Holy CrossAmit TanejaAssociate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer
Connecticut CollegeJohn McKnightDean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Davidson CollegeWendy RaymondVice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Dickinson CollegeMichael E. ReedVice President for Institutional Initiatives
Gettysburg CollegeJeanne ArnoldChief Diversity Officer, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Hamilton CollegePhyllis A H BrelandInterim Director of Diversity and Inclusion; Director, Opportunity Programs
Hampshire CollegeDiana FernandezChief Diversity Officer
Lafayette CollegeRobin RinehartDean of the Faculty and Senior Diversity Officer
Lewis & Clark CollegeJanet StevensonDean of Diversity and Inclusion
Middlebury CollegeMiguel FernandezChief Diversity Officer
Oberlin CollegeMeredith RaimondoSpecial Assistant to the President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Providence CollegeRafael ZapataChief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President
Reed CollegeMary B. JamesDean for Institutional Diversity and Professor of Physics
Sarah Lawrence CollegeAl GreenDean of Equity and Inclusion
Skidmore CollegeJoshua WoodforkVice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity
Smith CollegeTBD
St. Olaf CollegeBruce A. KingAssistant to the President for Institutional Diversity
Trinity CollegeKarla J. Spurlock-EvansDean of Multicultural Affairs and Senior Diversity Officer
Union CollegeGretchel L. HathawaySenior Director of Campus Diversity and Affirmative Action
Wellesley CollegeRobbin ChapmanAssociate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Wesleyan UniversityAntonio FariasVice President for Equity & Inclusion/TItle IX and Sec. 504 Officer
Whitman CollegeKazi JoshuaVice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Williams CollegeLeticia Smith-Evans HaynesVice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity