Message to the Athletic community

The Washington University in St. Louis Department of Athletics & Recreation acknowledges that our African-American communities continue to experiences unimaginable acts of racism that have led to inequality and marginalization. WashU athletics is dedicated to inclusion and will continue to meaningful dialogue necessary to serve our student-athletes and develop our staff so we are prepared to use sports as a catalyst of social change by what we do and how we live and treat one another. One element of our mission is Building Community, and we must ensure all members of our community — from our athletic department to our friends in the St. Louis community — feel supported, heard, and seen. We are committed to working with University leadership and our office of Diversity & Inclusion to work towards meaningful change with our commitment to justice and racial equity front of mind.

I am committed to leading the charge that will ensure our African-American student-athletes feel seen and always heard. In the days before us, we will continue to advocate for programming that addresses diversity and racial issues, while creating space for meaningful dialogue. We will hold steadfast in our commitment to sensitivity training for all of our coaches and staff members. Our administrative team will meet with African-American student-athletes to ensure we are moving in a direction together where all voices are heard. We understand change needs to be made. We acknowledge that words with no action are not adequate.

Anthony J. Azama

John M. Schael Director of Athletics