The Buder Center prepares future American Indian leaders to practice in tribal and urban settings, making significant contributions to the health, wellness and the sustained future of Indian Country.
Academics and Research
We create knowledge and develop global leaders through our mission of teaching, research, patient care and service.
We foster excellence and provide opportunities for students and faculty to pursue research and scholarship that will discover solutions to the world’s most complex challenges, including increased understanding of diversity and inclusion.
Academic Programs and Centers
Explores the experiences and cultural traditions of people of African descent
Supports the cross-disciplinary study of American culture, emphasizing the enormous diversity within our society, and focusing on pressing social, political and economic issues past and present––particularly those related to race, gender, sexuality and class identity
One of the most respected centers in the nation for academic advancement and study of American Indian issues related to social work
Prepares students for advanced social work and public health practice with American Indian and Alaska Native populations
Enriches critical understanding about both individual experiences and collective histories of Asian Americans in regional, national and transnational contexts
The Divided City Initiative at the Center for the Humanities bring humanities scholars into productive interdisciplinary dialogue around one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation
Studies East Asian languages, cultures, histories and societies, and the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese languages in their modern and classical forms
Encourages research and teaching on societies and cultures around the world, making students conscious participants of intercultural encounters and aware of historical and cultural linkages across political and geographical boundaries
Devoted to the study of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern languages and literatures, the history and cultures of the Near East, and the Jewish and Islamic civilizations
A gateway to the Latin American region and its cultures, politics and history
Creating a diverse academic medical community
Serves as an open venue for fostering rigorous scholarship and informing broad academic and public communities about the intersections of religion and U.S. politics
Gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religious beliefs and practices around the globe; to explore the interactions among religion, politics, and society in various cultures; and to study past and current events with a critical but open mind.
Advances research and contributes to the academic and public dialogue on pressing urban issues, regionally, nationally and internationally; offers students an interdisciplinary graduate certificate and undergraduate major or minor
Examines how ideas about gender and sexuality affect many aspects of our world, focusing on the specificity of gendered experiences, concerns and perspectives to understand critically how these vary through time and are shaped
Across a wide range of fields, we are exploring fundamental questions aimed at encouraging diversity, understanding identity and advancing equity in our community and around the globe. Many of our scholars' projects are supported by our signature initiatives and funding resources.
Studying the intersection of aging and gender transitions, Fabbre found that little academic literature had previously addressed these issues and how they come together in real people’s lives. “Here are many people, often unnoticed by the rest of society, going through challenging and incredibly meaningful experiences in later life.”Read the story
Fred Ssewamala, professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, has received a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the effectiveness of interventions in Uganda aimed at protecting adolescent girls against known HIV risk factors.
Sowande’ Mustakeem, associate professor of history and of African and African-American studies in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has won the 2017 Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history
Supporting the Academic Pipeline
We are supporting the complete academic pipeline, from kindergarten through college, post-graduate work and into the academy.
- Catalysts for Change
- College Prep Program
- Each One Teach One
- Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
- Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF)
- Joint Post-baccalaureate Program (JPP) in Mathematics, Physics, and Earth and Planetary Sciences
- Leadership Alliance
- Math Alliance
- Medical School programs for high school students
- Meharry Medical Summer Research
- Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
- Olin Business School Early Career Professional Development Workshop
- Signature Scholarships and Fellowships
- Alberti Program
- The Pipeline to Support K-12 Education
- Washington University Diversity Programs Consortium - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WUDPC-STEM)