Lawrence Athletics earns NCAA Diversity Spotlight Initiative award

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University is the recipient of the April NCAA Division III Diversity Spotlight Initiative.

Lawrence received the award in the wake of hosting its inaugural It's On Us campaign to prevent sexual assault. During the weeklong campaign, multiple events took place on campus. Programming included a public service announcement, social media campaign and a drive to sign the It's On Us pledge. 

In commending the campaign, NCAA Vice-President for Division III Dan Dutcher said, "It is inspiring to hear that the entire campus committed to creating an environment where sexual assault is unaccpetable."

The Division III Diversity Spotlight Initiative started in August 2014 as a collaborative project between the NCAA Office of Inclusion and the Diversity and Well-Being Committee of the Division III Commissioners Association.

The Diversity Spotlight Initiative recognizes and promotes outstanding diversity-related projects, programming and initiatives occurring on Division III campuses and in conference offices. Each month, the award recognized an institution or conference in regard to a diversity-related event, program or initiative.

Lawrence will receive $500 toward its next diversity initiative.