Increasing Understanding

By developing awareness, we aim to create a more inclusive campus.

Continually working together to understand how to learn from every member of our community and engage each other across difference is an important aspect of our efforts to do better and be better.

For Students

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion has dedicated significant resources to creating ways to learn together about diversity and inclusion for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Undergraduate SafeZones is a student-run organization that provides inclusivity training to promote awareness and discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and ally (LGBTQIA*) issues.

The School of Medicine offers a curriculum dedicated to fostering cultural competence for medical students.

It is not enough to expose people to ideas about diversity and inclusion. It is also crucial to help them open up to new possibilities, including the option of responding differently to harmful situations. This is where training comes in.
Anne Glowinski

Anne Glowinski

Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine

For Faculty and Staff

SafeZones Training for Faculty and Staff offers faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and staff inclusivity training to promote safer and more secure living, learning and research environments for WashU’s LGBTQIA* students.  To schedule a training contact Anna Shabsin. SafeZones Training for Faculty and Staff is funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity.

Learning opportunities for faculty and staff on the Danforth and Medical campuses cover four levels of training:

1.0 – Awareness: Examining Culture
2.0 – Understanding: Examining Unconscious Bias
3.0 – Commitment
4.0 – Action

The Staff Passport program invites staff members on a journey aimed at a greater understanding of diversity and inclusion. For additional information contact:
Danforth/West Campus: Monica Black Robinson
WUSM: Erin Stamp

 

Meet the Human Resources Diversity & Inclusion Trainers

 

The Veteran Ally Program facilitates a network of faculty, staff and administrators committed to creating a welcoming and supportive campus environment for military servicemembers and veterans who study at Washington University. For more information contact the Office of Military & Veteran Services.

 

The Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence provides training to facilitate and promote an environment of diversity, inclusion and equality for School of Medicine faculty.

Get support for hiring faculty on the Danforth Campus and on the Medical Campus.

Graduate students should receive teaching training that prepares them to interact with diverse students in the classroom, to teach issues of diversity in the classroom, and select course materials that are sensitive to diversity.

The Diversity Committee of the Graduate Student Senate at Washington University

Teaching Resources for Faculty

The Teaching Center provides faculty with resources for developing inclusive teaching and learning modes that are designed to actively engage, include and challenge all students.

The Teaching Center offers several different workshops on inclusive pedagogy.  In addition, Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All Faculty Institute on Teaching (IDEA FIT) for full-time faculty includes two days of interactive workshops and working-group sessions focused on evidence-based teaching strategies that can foster inclusion and spur innovations to improve the learning environment at WashU. The Teaching Center also is piloting a two-year Faculty Fellowship on Inclusive Teaching and Learning that invites instructors and instructional teams to collaborate with The Teaching Center in developing, implementing, and evaluating inclusive strategies in a course or supplemental academic program.

Resources for Teaching Assistants

The Graduate School will offer a pilot training program for teaching assistants in Arts & Sciences this fall on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms. The online training modules were developed following a Spring 2015 report published by The Diversity Committee of the Graduate Student Senate at Washington University in response to their top recommendation.

With the training taking place in an online environment, Arts & Sciences graduate students teaching assistant will have access to the training whether they begin their teaching assistantship in the fall or spring, and will have the ability to revisit the training material as needed. For further information contact Diana Hill Mitchell.