Our Office mission is to build an inclusive, dynamic campus community that inspires innovation, leadership and academic excellence through equity and social justice.

The Office of the Vice Provost Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity focuses primarily on faculty diversity and development, consulting and collaborating with Washington University’s schools on their diversity and inclusion goals. Developing the academic pipeline, with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is an important part of our efforts. We also work closely with other stakeholders at the university, including The Teaching Center, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Public Affairs, Facilities, Alumni & Development, and Information Services and Technology on a wide range of institutional initiatives and programs designed to support the university’s diversity values. We also partner closely with the university’s affinity and advocacy groups, including the Academic Women’s Network, Association of Women Faculty, BRIDGE, the Diversity & Inclusion Forum for Faculty & Staff (DIFFS), Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee, and Trailblazers. Signature office initiatives and programs include:

Faculty Recruitment & Development

Our Office works closely with the university’s deans, department chairs and hiring chairs to recruit, retain and develop a faculty that is both excellent and diverse. We offer annual search workshop training for hiring chairs and real time recruitment support. We work closely with all of our faculty to ensure they have the academic and professional support they need to be world-renowned researchers, scholars and teachers.

Leadership Development

Our Office offers a suite of initiatives and ad hoc programming designed to develop the next generation of academic leaders.

We also convene an informal faculty leadership seminar in conjunction with the provost and offer our minority faculty the opportunity to build professional community together.

Pipeline Programs

Academic pipeline programs are a critical part of our blueprint for diversity. Under the leadership of Assistant Provost Rochelle Smith, our Office partners with our academic units to convene a suite of pipeline programs that are reshaping the next generation of academics and researchers.

“We face complex and challenging issues in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Equally challenging are the disparities that exist among those who seek careers in STEM. Washington University is committed to providing current and future generations of scientists, especially women, minorities and others underrepresented in STEM with opportunities to advance their careers through pipeline programs and a supportive campus community.”

Assistant Provost Rochelle Smith

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar program brings to Washington University underrepresented minorities who have distinguished themselves as leaders and innovators in the academy, in business or in fields of endeavor. Identified and invited by our academic units, these scholars participate in the intellectual life of the campus by interacting with faculty and graduate students, leading workshops, delivering public lectures, visiting classes and teaching seminars. Funding for the Distinguished Visiting Scholar program is provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Advancement.

See also the Women in Underrepresented Fields pilot program.

Chancellor’s Graduate Fellows Alumni Initiative

Our Office has partnered with the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Program in The Graduate School to create the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellows Alumni Initiative. This program provides support funding to invite Chancellor’s Fellows alumni back to Washington University to share their current research with our academic departments and schools, and also to provide professional development advice to current Chancellor’s Fellows.

Commission on Diversity & Inclusion

Vice Provost Adrienne Davis chairs and Cecilia Hanan-Reyes acts as administrative lead to the Commission on Diversity & Inclusion, which has been charged with implementing a two-year, 12-point action plan designed to advance the university’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

Advisory Groups

Our Office convenes several university advisory groups that are actively generating and assessing best practices for our community.


Our Office oversees university grant programs designed to support research and teaching that addresses the complex spectrum of work on diversity, disparities and identity.

See additional grant programs that are available.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity is located on the Danforth Campus in Seigle Hall, 3rd floor, Suite 302

Telephone: 314-935-8583 or 314-935-6685
Fax: 314-935-5356


Mailing Address: Professor Adrienne Davis, Vice Provost
Campus Box 1233, One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO  63130


Adrienne D. Davis, JD

Adrienne Davis

Vice Provost

Davis holds a dual appointment as Vice Provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor in the Washington University School of Law. She heads the Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity unit within the Office of the Provost which is charged with working on faculty development, diversity and other university-wide initiatives. Her administrative portfolio includes consulting with each of the seven schools to enhance faculty recruitment, retention, diversity and development. She also coordinates a suite of initiatives from the Office of the Provost to enhance faculty diversity and development, including mentoring, postdoctoral fellowships, and training for department chairs and program directors.

In the law school, Vice Provost Davis teaches Trusts & Estates, Contracts and a variety of legal theory seminars. She is the the founder and co-director of the Law, Identity & Culture Initiative (LIC). In addition to her primary appointment in the law school, the vice provost holds courtesy appointments in the Department of History and the African and African American Studies program in Arts & Sciences and is affiliate faculty and a member of the Executive Committee of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program.

View Adrienne Davis’s profile on the Washington University School of Law website.

Gail A. Boker

Gail Boker

Gail Boker

Program Coordinator – Faculty Advancement & Diversity Initiatives

Currently enrolled in the University College in Arts & Sciences, where she is earning her degree, Boker earned a professional certification in event management from George Washington University via Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Trinidad and Tobago and completed the project implementation & management training from the Caribbean Development Bank. Boker has been an employee of the university since August 2008. An event specialist for the law school, she joined the vice provost’s office in March 2012. She is a licensed realtor, specializing in residential real estate in St. Louis city and training other real estate agents in the development and effective use of a strategic marketing plan. Before relocating to St. Louis, Boker was a tourism research and development officer for the Tobago House of Assembly for over four-and-a-half years, where she organized and participated in regional, national and international tourism and related trade shows and conferences for the development of tourism infrastructure for Tobago.

Tonya Edmond

Tonya Edmond

Tonya Edmond

Faculty Fellow

Tonya Edmond is an Associate Professor in the Brown School and Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost. As a Fellow she works closely with the provost and Vice Provost Adrienne Davis to develop a suite of programs to enhance women faculty leadership and mentoring. Tonya’s research and teaching focuses on violence against women and children, with a specific interest in testing the effectiveness of interventions for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She has authored or co-authored 30 articles and book chapters. She has been advancing the importance of evidence based practice in the field of social work through presentations, publications and her leadership in the development of a model comprehensive evidence based curriculum. She is a former President of the Association of Women Faculty and currently serves as the Cluster Co-Chair on Violence Against Women for the Society for Social Work & Research. From 2006-2011 Tonya was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Brown School.

Cecilia Hanan Reyes

Cecilia Hanan Reyes

Cecilia Hanan Reyes

Administrative Assistant

Cecilia grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay. She joined the office in September of 2015.Much of her professional life has been in higher education, with both teaching and administrative roles. Her educational background is in Communication, specifically organizational communication. Before moving to St. Louis Cecilia lived in Chapel Hill, NC and San Diego. Cecilia Hanan Reyes serves as the administrative assistant on the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity team. She provides high level administrative and calendaring support for Vice Provost Adrienne Davis and is the administrative lead the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.

David Patterson Silver Wolf

Faculty Fellow

David Patterson Silver Wolf is an associate professor at the Brown School.  His primary duties as a Fellow involve working closely with the Provost and Vice Provost Adrienne Davis to create a mentoring seminar for recently tenured underrepresented minority faculty. Dr. Patterson Silver Wolf will also work with the office of admissions to enhance the university’s recruitment of underrepresented students.  He is the Director of Research with the Buder Center studying American Indian/Alaska Native health and wellness as well as investigates best ways to increase underrepresented minority student’s college retention rates.

Sommer Payne

Sommer Payne

Assistant, Provost Diversity Programs

Sommer is a graduate of Washington University’s College of Arts & Sciences. She is originally from Memphis, TN. Sommer serves as the assistant for provost diversity initiatives on the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity team.  She provides high level administrative and programmatic support for Assistant Provost Rochelle Smith. These responsibilities included all necessary administrative support pertaining to the suite of programs under the portfolio of the assistant provost, including Professional Leadership Academic Network (PLAN), Washington University Diversity Programs Consortium – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WUDPC – STEM), the Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classroom (SCFIC), Leadership Alliance affiliation and summer programming, and  Post Doctoral and Post Baccalaureate Programs.

Rochelle Smith

Assistant Provost, Diversity Initiatives

As assistant provost, Rochelle supports diversity and recruitment in STEM including all educational levels and faculty, enhances the coordination of and support for the university’s growing pipeline initiatives, and leads Washington University Diversity Pipeline Consortium-STEM. Rochelle directs the university’s partnership with Leadership Alliance, a consortium of higher education institutions that encourage and mentor underrepresented students to pursue graduate school and research careers. She also coordinates PLAN, the leadership development program for professional administrators at Washington University.

Adia Harvey Wingfield

Adia Harvey Wingfield

Faculty Fellow

Adia Harvey Wingfield is Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost. Her primary duties as a Fellow involve working closely with the Provost and Vice Provost Adrienne Davis to implement a university-wide postdoctoral program designed to increase the pipeline of underrepresented scholars on Washington University’s campus. Adia’s research focuses on the processes that maintain racial and gender inequality in professional workplaces. She has lectured internationally on her research this area, and has published her work in numerous peer reviewed journals including Gender & SocietySocial Problems, and American Behavioral Scientist. Adia is also the author of several books, most recently the award-winning No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work. In addition to serving as a Faculty Fellow, she is also President of Sociologists for Women in Society, a professional organization devoted to advancing gender equality in sociology.

Clair Antoine

Clair Antoine

Special Projects Fellow

Clair Antoine is an MSW/MPH student at the Brown School of social work and co-chair of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA). Clair offers support for the Diversity website, calendar support, and administrative assistance to the unit.