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 diversity ideas and concepts that may be new to them. It is crucial to help them also open up to new reflections and possibilities including the option of responding differently to harmful situations — to themselves or others — which might be very difficult to know how to respond to adequately otherwise. This is where training comes in.”

Anne Glowinski, Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine


For Faculty and Staff

SafeZones for faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and staff offers peer-led inclusivity training to promote safer and more secure living, learning and research environments for WashU’s LGBTQIA* students.

Staff members participating in diversity and inclusion training

Diversity and inclusion training sessions are held throughout the university. (Robert Boston)

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 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.

Perspectives Dialogue Sessions provide faculty and staff with a space for safe, open dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

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


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 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.


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 St. Louis in response to their top recommendation.

“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 in St. Louis

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.