Fostering a welcoming culture

We are committed to ensuring that WashU is a community where everyone is valued and respected. By working collaboratively, we will create a better, stronger university that is a leader in educating students to live and work in an increasingly diverse world.

Framework for Change

Because we want our values to be woven into the fabric of our university, we are establishing an infrastructure to support and cultivate a stronger climate of diversity and inclusion at WashU.

Confronting bias

The Bias Response Support System is part of our commitment to address incidents of bias in our community.

Charting progress

Understanding the data and makeup of our community today helps us work toward a more inclusive campus.

Planning an inclusive future

We are establishing best practices, creating foundational policies, and investing expert thought in improving inclusion.

A campus accessible to all

From physical resources to support services, we welcome everyone to the WashU community.

Learn more about our framework

Signature Initiatives

We are investing in initiatives and programs that empower our community members to drive changes that will ensure WashU is more welcoming to all.

See all of our initiatives

Diversifying Our Faculty

Through initiatives like our Distinguished Visiting Scholars program, we are building a more diverse community of educators, researchers and leaders at WashU. See all our signature initiatives.

COVID-19 Announcement

Mar 27

As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we are constantly reviewing our policies and procedures to adjust our response. Please stay up to date with WashU’s policies.

Wendland appointed Provost

Mar 04

Beverly Wendland, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, has been appointed provost of Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, according to Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. Wendland will succeed Marion Crain, who has served as interim provost since July 2019.

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As a community committed to the relentless pursuit of excellence, we must be a diverse community. We must also be a community where all people feel represented, valued and included as equal members.
Andrew D. Martin

Andrew D. Martin


Andrew D. Martin

Increasing Understanding

In order to prepare our students to live and work in an increasingly diverse world, the WashU community is learning together through a robust training program of workshops and dialogues designed to improve the campus culture and climate.


Departments and groups trained by SafeZones to promote more secure environments for LBGTQIA* students.


School of Medicine departments that have completed all diversity and inclusion training sessions.

Learn about diversity training opportunities

Jesse Herman

“We all know through the news that veterans face many barriers to success like PTSD and substance abuse, but they also bring a lot of strengths that we value on a college campus, such as the ability to work as a team and to persevere.”

Read the story

Get Involved

Don’t be a bystander. Share perspectives, learn about underlying issues, find information about events and activities, and, most of all, engage.

Find opportunities for involvement

Diwali Celebrations

Diwali, the Hindu “Festival of Lights” has been celebrated at WashU for more than 25 years. Ashoka, the South Asian Student Association, each year presents a major show that celebrates a fusion of South Asian cultures.

Lunar New Year Festival

Lunar New Year Festival (LNYF) fundraises for a philanthropy and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Their centerpiece is a student-run production staged in commemoration and celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Academics & Research

Universities create knowledge and solve problems, and the best ideas and boldest innovation come from groups of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Learn more about academics