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 Affairs and 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  Center for Teaching and Learning provides faculty with resources for developing inclusive teaching and learning modes that are designed to actively engage, include and challenge all students. They provide instructors with opportunities to engage in discussion about teaching and learning at evidence-based workshops and programs, conferences and events, and in individual confidential consultations with staff.

Resources for Teaching Assistants

The Center for Teaching and Learning also provides programming for graduate students and post-docs who are teaching at the university.