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 (Bruce King and Kimberly Barrett, Co-Chairs)

Research and Education Committee (Miguel Fernández and Norm Jones, Co-Chairs)

External Affairs and Education Committee (Ted Mason and Michael Reed, Co-Chairs)

Who We Are

Institution Name Position
Amherst College Norm Jones Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Bates College Noelle Chaddock Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Bowdoin College Michael E. Reed
Senior Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity
Berea College Linda Strong-Leek Provost and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Bucknell University Nikki Young Interim Associate Provost For Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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
Davidson College Fuji Lozada Associate Dean of Faculty
Denison University Veerendra Lele Interim Associate Provost for Diversity
Dickinson College Brenda Bretz Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusivity
Furman University Michael Jennings Chief Diversity Officer
Gettysburg College Jeanne Arnold Chief Diversity Officer, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Hampshire College Natalie Sowell Interim Senior Diversity Officer / Dean of Multicultural Education & Inclusion Officer

Haverford College

Kenyon College

Wendy Raymond

Ted Mason


Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Lafayette College TBD Dean of the Faculty and Senior Diversity Officer
Lawrence University Kimberly Barrett Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Dean of the Faculty
Lewis & Clark College Mark Figueroa Associate Vice President, Institutional Research and Planning & Dean of Equity and Inclusion
Middlebury College Miguel Fernández

Chief Diversity Officer

Muhlenberg College S. Brooke Vick

Associate Provost for Faculty and Diversity Initiatives

Oberlin College Meredith Raimondo Special Assistant to the President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Providence College Jacqueline Peterson  Special Advisor to the President
Reed College Mary B. James Dean for Institutional Diversity and Professor of Physics
St. Olaf College Bruce A. King Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity
Sarah Lawrence College TBD Dean of Equity and Inclusion
Skidmore College Joshua Woodfork Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity
Smith College Floyd Cheung Vice President of Equity and Inclusion 
Trinity College Anita Davis
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Union College Gretchel L. Hathaway Senior Director of Campus Diversity and Affirmative Action
Wellesley College TBD  
Wesleyan University Alison Williams Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer
Whitman College Thomas Witherspoon Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Williams College Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity