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New diversity website launched

In 2007, the Wall Street Journal ranked Lamar as one of the 100 most diverse campuses in the United States, with 30 percent of its students coming from underrepresented ethnic groups.

Vernice Monroe, president’s assistant for university multicultural enhancement and Ashley Spicer-Runnels, director of student development and leadership and multicultural programming, joined in developing the website that celebrates Lamar’s continued focus on diversity and inclusion.

“This website will be useful to everyone because it provides a variety of information related to diversity, including, but not limited to, services and programs, descriptions about what the university is doing to create a more inclusive environment and data about the campus community,” said Spicer-Runnels. “The greatest thing about this website is that it brings everything related to diversity to one central location.”

Between 2010 and 2012, the percentage of African American students attending Lamar rose from 23 to 27 percent, and the percentage of Hispanic students increased from 8 to 10 percent.

With more than 14,000 students enrolled, Lamar University is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that welcomes and celebrates all expressions of diversity and identity as students prepare to thrive in a culturally diverse and global society.

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