Arnold recently took some time to talk with the Herd about shifting his career focus from high school to higher education, how best to support students, and the future of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at WPI. Check out the full Q&A here.
Effective February 2022, Arnold Lane, Jr. has been named the Director of Multicultural Education and Community Engagement and will continue to oversee the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and its functions. Arnold has been serving in the Interim Director capacity since August of 2021, and has been heavily involved in campus-wide diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives to support students.
“I’m delighted for Arnold on the occasion of his promotion to Director of Multicultural Education and Community Engagement. It is so well-deserved. He is truly dedicated to our students and to WPI, and to fostering a culture and climate of inclusion and belonging for all members of our community,” says Lauren Turner, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Talent and Inclusion.
Over the past six months Arnold has been committed to gathering student and community input to enhance the functions, programs, and services of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and will continue to lead efforts in building out the office infrastructure as well as oversee the implementation the office’s strategic plan in the coming months. Additionally, Arnold has been involved in supporting WPI’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan: Lead with Purpose as well as the Beyond These Towers capital campaign. He has also played a key role on the Mental Health and Well-being Task Force by continuing to advance the mental health needs of WPI students.
“I look forward to continue leading an exceptional team of DEI practitioners and paraprofessionals as we advance the need for campus equity, ensure a quality sense of belonging for our students, and implement our strategic plan. I appreciate the partnerships we have established across the Institute and look forward to making more.” -Arnold Lane, Jr., Director of Multicultural Education and Community Engagement
Arnold received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of New Haven (West Haven, CT). He received his Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Springfield College (Springfield, MA). He also completed a Master of Business Administration degree from Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC).