A community working for diversity, equity, and inclusion

About LADO

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.

Who is LADO?

Check out the LADO member institutions across the U.S.

We aim to work together to address the unique challenges and opportunities in liberal arts communities around issues of diversity and equity, in recognition of the significant potential of liberal arts graduates to engage in research and service that will contribute to transforming society. The emphasis of liberal arts education on student-centered learning, and the focus on the relationship between faculty, students, and staff, has allowed liberal arts colleges to develop innovative diversity models and programs, as well as pedagogical strategies.

Although private liberal arts colleges (and smaller liberal arts universities) represent small percentages of the nation’s graduates, our more than 200 institutions produce graduates with disproportionate representation in leading private, corporate, and public companies and institutions. Additionally, our institutions are some of the most sought after by high school graduates and are therefore frequently in the public eye. As a result, our commitments to diversity and equity have a high profile nationally and often herald broader institutional change throughout higher education.