Diversity strengthens our sense of community, and is vital to our knowledge creation, problem solving and productivity — all of which are essential to our mission as a world-class university. Enhancing our diversity, while making Washington University a more inclusive place, is not an option. It is an imperative. And, we know that we have work to do.

This is one of our deepest values and highest priorities.

The work is not easy, but it is vitally important to the university’s future. We have some very important efforts underway which already are producing meaningful results. As chancellor, I am committed to ensuring that we continue to make progress.

I am inspired by the energy and focus of our community as we work to do better and be better.

Mark S. Wrighton