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.

Commencement Recognition Ceremonies

May 06

The dates for the following commencement activities have been made. These activities are being hosted to recognize and honor the achievements of various diverse groups across campus graduating this year.

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Diversity strengthens our sense of community, and is vital to our knowledge creation, problem solving and productivity — all essential to our mission as a world-class university. Making the university more diverse and inclusive is not an option. It is an imperative.
Mark Wrighton

Mark S. Wrighton


Mark S. Wrighton

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

Mackenzie Hines-Wilson

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from across campus with different backgrounds and identities different from mine. That matters to me because I want to support people and connect with people in ways that are meaningful.”

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