Education and Engagement

We are the office charged with supporting staff and faculty in building and maintaining a more inclusive and equitable WashU. Our team is part of the Office of Institutional Equity.

Learn more about our origin story below.

How Did We Get Here?

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.”

As part of the Office of Institutional Equity, Education and Engagement 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 our team and how it is situated with other university resources, view our Orientation Document.