Perinatal Behavioral Health Service, Department of Psychiatry

Perinatal Behavioral Health Service Statement in support of Black Lives Matter and Racial Justice for Black Mothers In the last moments of George Floyd’s life, he called out for his mother. This invocation stands as a reminder of George’s humanity and reminds us of the sacred role mothers play in protecting and nurturing human life. […]

Sowandé Mustakeem

Sowandé Mustakeem on Juneteenth

Mustakeem speaks with BBC OS on families surviving slavery and celebrating Juneteenth. Listen to the radio program. Sowandé Mustakeem is associate professor of History and of African and African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences. Learn more about Sowandé Mustakeem.

Anthropology statement on Black Lives Matter, racism and inequality

The faculty of the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis strongly affirm that Black Lives Matter, we stand with those seeking to change systems rooted in racism and discrimination, and we support the protesting of the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and many others. […]

Message from Executive Vice Chancellor Pamella A. Henson, University Advancement

Dear Members of the WashU Alumni Community: Like so many of you, I am deeply grieved by the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the many other Black Americans who have died as a result of police brutality or other racially motivated violence. Over the past several weeks, […]

Message from the Department of English

In the wake of the slaying of George Floyd, and of so many African Americans before him, the department of English at Washington University in St. Louis maintains that Black books and Black Lives Matter. Current circumstance also compels us to recognize the involvement of all institutions in the structures of injustice in this country. […]

Message from the McDonnell International Scholars Academy

Dear Scholars, Leaders and Friends, The last few months have been very painful for all of us and we hope all of you are doing okay. The ongoing violence that we are witnessing against people of color is devastating. Earlier this year, we saw a rise in discrimination against Asian citizens and Asian-Americans. Over the last […]

Message from the Department of African & African-American Studies

Statement on Anti-Black Violence and a Global Pandemic “I can’t breathe.” As members of the Department of African & African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, we know the gravity of this statement. These are the last words of Eric Garner (2014) and George Floyd (2020), two victims of contemporary anti-Black police fatalities. […]

Statement from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

 Statement on Anti-Black Racism  Dear Community,  I joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis as its 9th Chair on June 1, 2020. While excited to take on this new role, I must admit this is a difficult time. As a Black woman, I am outraged that we have to […]