“…we aspire to become a place that is both diverse and unapologetically committed to equity and inclusion — because we know full-well that diversity on paper is one thing, and equity and inclusion are another.”

Chancellor Andrew Martin, Inaugural Address, October 3, 2019

In 2017 across almost 20 reports, the Washington University Commission on Diversity and Inclusion made over 200 recommendations to demonstrate institutional commitment to equity and inclusion. However, since the Commission issued its reports and completed its charge, there has been no representative universitywide body to either facilitate implementation of the Commission’s research and recommendations or to provide institutionalized and structured communication, accountability, and alignment opportunities for university stakeholders working on equity and inclusion.

The Washington University Equity and Inclusion Council (WUEIC) has been created to be a standing body that exists to

  • Provide a standing institutional and representative “home” for the Commission’s research and recommendations
  • Provide an institutional structure to respond to internal and external changes that might impact report recommendations and/or necessitate new ones, and catalyze the implementation of those recommendations
  • Create a representative body to facilitate universitywide alignment, communication, and recommendations on issues of climate and culture beyond the Commission report through a lens of sustainable, measurable, systemic change

The WUEIC is made up of a combination of role-based, appointed, and open call members who may be Washington University students, faculty or staff.

The Council will annually:*

  • Report and make recommendations on implementation of the 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Reports
  • Make any new recommendations related to equity and inclusion to the chancellor
  • Issue a Council report to the university community

Throughout each year, university units may ask the Council or its Committees for feedback, review, or recommendations on specific plans, programs, policies or initiatives.

Every five years the Council will assess its charge, its membership structure, its relationship to other university structures, and its deliverables through a multi-stakeholder process that reaches beyond Council and Committee membership. Any suggested changes to the Council will be included in any annual recommendations to the chancellor.

The Council is staffed by the Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The Council will have a minimum allocation of $500,000 to be used to seed, leverage, or expand activities with systemic impact. Examples might include grants for innovative approaches within departments working on more equitable outcomes, investments to support staff/faculty/student participation in institutional opportunities or policies, etc.

*See Startup Working Groups section for a description of how the Council will approach its work in its inaugural year.