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.
Our Office offers a suite of initiatives and ad hoc programming designed to develop the next generation of academic leaders.
- Women Faculty Leadership Institute
- Professional Leadership Academy & Network
- Faculty Leadership Workshops
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.
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.
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.
Our Office convenes several university advisory groups that are actively generating and assessing best practices for our community.
- Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms
- Social Media And Online Speech Committee
- LGBT Advisory Committee
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
Mailing Address: Professor Adrienne Davis, Vice Provost
Campus Box 1233, One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
Adrienne D. Davis, JD
Special Projects Fellow
Clair began an MSW/MPH dual degree with the Washington University Brown School of Social work in 2017 after a year of serving in the Office of Diversity Programs with the School of Medicine. Clair is a St. Louis native whose research and volunteer work focus on reproductive health for people who are of color and/or identify as being within the LGBTQIAA+ spectrum.
Commission on Diversity and Inclusion Intern
LaShawnda is currently a first-year PhD student in the Brown School. Her current research interest is the intersection of black parenting and breaking cycles of poverty. LaShawnda earned her MSW with a concentration in children, youth and families. Prior to her return as a student, LaShawnda worked in higher education for the past 10 years focusing on matters of diversity and inclusion. LaShawnda was selected as a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow and is an alumnae of the university’s Professional Leadership and Networking initiative. She is native to St. Louis and has a vested interest in not only Washington University, but the region at large reaping the benefits of diversity and inclusion.
Monica is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts & Sciences studying the interdisciplinary major of Psychology – Neuroscience – Philosophy and minoring in Communication Design. She supports the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity unit with administrative duties and website development. These responsibilities include assisting in event planning, providing feedback on the diversity website, and aiding in various day-to-day tasks.
Lead Intern – Web & Special Projects
Sukari Stone is the Web Content Intern for the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity office. She is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Communication Design. She supports the Diversity website and is a part of the Diversity Website Development Team. She has worked for the unit since 2014.