Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton named EDI Fellow

RELEASED: March 15, 2010

Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton
Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history, will serve as the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's next Campus Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Fellow.

"With her varied experiences and knowledge about the complex issues relating to equity, diversity and inclusivity, Dr. Ducksworth-Lawton will help the university continue to develop an inclusive environment that supports diversity in its broadest sense," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said of the EDI appointment.

As the EDI Fellow, Ducksworth-Lawton will work with departments and units across campus, University Senate and university administrators to identify best practices to advance EDI efforts, with a focus on retention and recruitment of minority students.

"If we are to raise graduation rates, we must work on mentoring students through faculty, staff, peers and community," Ducksworth-Lawton said.

Ducksworth-Lawton also plans to work with staff and faculty on issues relating to standards, expectations and university culture.

"The more we become comfortable with those who are not of our culture or class, and in particular the more we can make our students comfortable, the better their performance," Ducksworth-Lawton said.

Ducksworth-Lawton, who joined the history department in 1993 and holds a doctorate in African American and military history, has been actively involved in numerous campus and community initiatives that relate to EDI issues. Her efforts have ranged from coordinating African American History Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on campus, to serving as a consultant to the Chippewa Valley Museum, to working with area law enforcement agencies to improve minority-police relations. She also has given numerous presentations, participated in many public discussions and has been quoted extensively in the news media about issues that relate to EDI.

Ducksworth-Lawton will begin her fellowship duties in May, replacing Dr. David Shih, who has served in the rotating EDI Fellow position since January 2009. The appointment is a partial reassignment of duties, allowing Ducksworth-Lawton to continue to teach in the history department.

-30-

JB/DW

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.