Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer

Position Details

Ms. Barbara J. Lawrence, J.D., M.P.A., has been selected as Rider University's inaugural Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Barbara will begin her new role on September 13, 2021. Ms. Lawrence previously served in a similar role at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., where she developed the institution’s five-year strategic diversity, equity and inclusion plan and served as an associate professor in the criminal justice and community and justice studies programs. She also held several roles at Guilford previous to becoming vice president in 2017.  Ms. Lawrence received a Juris Doctorate in Law from Indiana University School of Law, a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy/Criminal Justice from Indiana University Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is certified as a Title IX coordinator and investigator. Read more here.