Lasell College Renames Donahue Institute to Include Focus on Ethics and Diversity

Lasell College Renames Donahue Institute to Include Focus on Ethics and Diversity

June 03, 2015

Lasell College has announced the renaming of the College's Donahue Institute to the Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion. The new name for the institute reflects a shift in focus for the institution toward addressing issues of diversity and ethics, including the relationship to the College's new Core Curriculum -- which has an Ethics Experience at the junior level.

In conjunction with the name change, the institute is seeking a new Director who will also serve as the College's Diversity Officer and will play a leadership role in the development of the Ethics Experience component of the Core Curriculum. The current institute director Professor Tessa le Roux recently decided to return to full time teaching.

"The change in name of the Donahue Institute reflects our intention to broaden the scope of its historic focus on values and public life across the entire institution, thanks to the foundation laid by Professor le Roux" writes Jim Ostrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs. "The new Director will serve as a point person for programming related to diversity and inclusion, as well as leading the College community both within and beyond the curriculum in ethical problem solving."

The namesake for the institute, Nancy Lawson Donahue '49, has fully endorsed the name change and said it is an easy transition for her and the College.

"The change of the name to include Diversity and Ethics aligns with the Institute's original focus on values and public life. I am pleased to see the college increase its efforts and focus in these areas," said Donahue, whose name also adorns the Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts at Lasell.

Within the last year, the College has renewed its focus on issues of diversity both on and off campus. Last Fall, the College decided to suspend its international service learning trip to Uganda in the wake of political and social threats to members of society who identify as gay or transgender.

The College also supports an active Diversity and Inclusion Committee that involves, faculty, staff and students.