Faculty Affairs and Diversity at WashU plays a critical role in ensuring and promoting the success of faculty of all backgrounds and at all career stages.  As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, I am committed to making our team’s work relevant to and impactful for all of our faculty.  I also want to ensure that we use an equity lens as we develop faculty programs, initiatives, and policies.  This will help to ensure that we contribute to WashU’s ongoing efforts to create an inclusive and equitable campus community.  Our Faculty Affairs and Diversity team has a strong record of supporting women faculty and underrepresented faculty, and I look forward to continuing those programs.  

Our work is more important than ever, particularly as we all continue to grapple with the impact of the pandemic and how it has reshaped our personal and professional lives.  Many of our faculty also have been affected by ongoing issues of racial injustice in unique ways.   We are living in challenging times, but also times that have opened new opportunities for personal, as well as institutional growth and change.

As we return to campus this fall, the Faculty Affairs and Diversity team is working on exciting programming to support faculty.  Our Return and Reset initiative will offer online and in-person events that address faculty needs and concerns related to teaching, research, wellness, and mental health.  We realize that transitioning back to more in-person activities will be a change and want to support you.  Toward that end, we have developed a variety of resources on this page to help you to Return and Reset this fall. 

This academic year, Faculty Affairs and Diversity will also offer a series of bi-weekly lunchtime events for women faculty.  Our gender equity series builds on our highly successful programming last academic year.  These events are open to all women and female-identified faculty.

Best Wishes for a Successful and Productive Year,

Kia Caldwell

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity