Diversity & Inclusion
More than likely, the Class of 2024 will go down in history as the first group of students to enter college during a worldwide pandemic. But DePauw’s Class of '24 - all 397 members - has a lot of other distinctions.
Shannon Fayson’s Instagram handle is “dura.mater.”
For a while, the 2011 DePauw graduate described herself on Twitter as “ENT resident surgeon. Mother. … Nerd.” She recently swapped out a few descriptors for this: “Trailblazer. Health equity advocate.”
Lori S. White underwent intensive vetting before she was named DePauw University’s 21st president in March, but her former boss thinks "the DePauw community doesn’t even know yet how lucky it is."
Surely Stacy Goodwin Lightfoot's leadership at an education nonprofit won her the invitation in 2015 to testify before a U.S. Senate committee. The hearing, after all, focused on the information students need about college options and, since graduating from DePauw in 1999, Lightfoot had spent her career guiding low-income and first-generation students to succeed in higher education.
But just as surely, Lightfoot's life story positioned her as an expert able to speak from the heart about the pathway to college.
While I never met Percy L. Julian, a 1920 DePauw graduate, my career has been influenced by him, chemistry professor Jeff Hansen '86 writes.
Just as George Floyd's death has sparked worldwide protests, it can spark renewed conversations at DePauw University about racial issues, justice and equality, says the director of DePauw's Africana studies program.