Dr. Adrienne S. Lawson is an academic administrator and educator with more than 25 years of experience. She joined UC Davis Health campus as the Director of Institutional Culture/Climate and Community Engagement in 2014. Her primary responsibilities at the medical center includes working with leadership in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and in Medical Education on climate needs assessment and reporting; continuous diversity improvement, community engagement, and professional development for faculty, staff, and students. She has received several awards in Inclusion Excellence and Community Engagement.
Adrienne has a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, a Master’s degree in Multicultural Education and Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Her research interest includes culture change in organizations, transformational leadership, restorative justice practices, inclusion excellence in mentoring, and enhancing the diversity of academic institutions.
Dr. Lawson has a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Her research interest is broad in scope, which includes culture change in organizations, transformational leadership, restorative justice practices, and the retention and recruitment of diverse individuals.
Before joining UC Davis Health, Adrienne served as the Diversity Manager for Faculty Recruitment and Retention at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Her career started at Sacramento State where she served for over 19 years in a variety of roles. Adrienne has been a keynote speaker and presented at several conferences locally, regionally and nationally. She is a member of a several national organizations, including the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW), the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) and The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity & Inclusion (GDI).
When not at work, Adrienne enjoys church and community activities, exercise, and spending time with her family.