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Lacroute Initiative for Advancing the Liberal Arts

Thanks to a generous donation from Linfield College Trustee Ronni Lacroute, Linfield is able to support the Lacroute Initiative for Advancing the Liberal Arts at Linfield College.
The Initiative is a three-year program (funded through June 30, 2022) and is a forum for enacting an interdisciplinary vision of learning, life, and community by:

  • Facilitating the exploration of multiple disciplines and their varied ways of knowing;
  • Integrating Linfield’s rich diversity of people, places, and perspectives;
  • Enabling practice of creative, collaborative solutions to complex problems;
  • Bridging intellectual life on Linfield’s rural and urban campuses;
  • Creating a central shared resource for effective teaching and learning; and,
  • Fostering interdisciplinary experimentation and innovation.

Request for Proposals

Steering Committee

  Pat Cottrell, Professor of Political Science and Lacroute Scholar in the Liberal Arts  Leoard Finkleman  Jamie Friedman, Assistant Professor of English and Lacroute Scholar in the Liberal Arts  Thomas Mertes  Jennifer Williams

Advisor to the Lacroute Initiative

Susan Agre-Kippenhan

The Lacroute Initiative Steering Committee is currently overseeing PLACE.


The Lacroute Initiative supports local and national visitors in residence who contribute to the liberal arts through disciplinary and interdisciplinary programming.


Location:     T.J. Day 218
Hours:          By Appointment
Email:           lacrouteinitiative@linfield.edu
                         Tom Mertes, Steering Committee Member
                         Emily Kyzer, Academic Secretary