Selika Ducksworth-Lawton

Ducksworth-Lawton has played a pivotal role at UW-Eau Claire in producing positive university change in equity and diversity. She created and teaches courses on African American history, the Civil Rights movement, and Black masculinity. She served as one of the first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) fellows on campus, working on the university’s 2016 EDI Implementation plan and with the Office of Multicultural Affairs on training staff and students to be more attuned to EDI issues. In that position, she created a mentoring program for underrepresented students which became part of the Blugold Beginnings precollege initiative. She advised Black student organizations and recently helped guide and lead student responses to incidents on campus, in the community, and across the country. Beyond the university, she works with local government and community organizations, participating in regional and national conversations about race and social justice and its effects, such as co-hosting a weekly radio show and podcast, “Conversations of Color,” which features community conversations around race and how to create an inclusive community.