Why an Academy?

Sparked by a semester of campus activism and dialogue and the recommendations of a steering committee, the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion worked from August 2015 through October 2017 ultimately producing 19 reports containing recommendations for improving diversity and inclusion at Washington University. 

One of the Commission’s recommendations was to: “Create an Academy for Diversity and Inclusion for staff and faculty members, to become the university’s ‘primary forum for changing climate and culture’ by housing diversity and inclusion resources, including training resources, support for campus affinity groups, and annual events and recognition ceremonies.”

The Academy works with existing diversity, equity, inclusion, climate, and culture offices, initiatives, and entities across the university serving as a catalyst for this work across the institution.

To read more about the origins of the Academy and how it is situated with other university resources, view our Orientation Document.