Meet the Team

Lauren Turner
Senior Vice President of Talent & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Talent & Inclusion

Phone: +1 (508) 8316466

Since January 2022, Lauren Turner has served as senior vice president of talent and inclusion and chief diversity officer at WPI. Reporting directly to the President, she oversees all aspects of WPI’s human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) functions, including compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, performance management, learning and development, organizational development, employee engagement, labor relations, and employee relations, HR information systems, data and analytics, DEI, and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME). WPI ...

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Tony Laing
Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Talent & Inclusion

Phone: +1 (508) 8316382

Dr. Tony Laing is a K-12 and higher education scholar-practitioner. He teaches and writes in the area of gender, sexuality and youth studies. Specifically, his scholarship and publications lie at the intersection of youth studies, gender studies (constructions of masculinities), single-gender schools, queer theory, and African American Studies. Dr. Laing serves as the Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging within Talent and Inclusion at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Previously, he served as K-12 Wayland METCO Director which provides educational ...

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Bwann Kellie Gwann
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Talent & Inclusion

Bwann Kellie Gwann is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) for Talent and Inclusion at WPI. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of DEIB, Bwann oversees the Inclusive Excellence Employee Resource Groups (IIERGs), the Diversity Advocate (DA) program, and facilitates several DEIB related trainings and events for members of the WPI community.  Prior to her arrival at WPI, Bwann served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Social Inclusion at Lesley University. She developed countless programs for learning and engagement for faculty, students, and ...

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