"Open the doors wider, for everybody."

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We believe in creating and maintaining a culture that embraces and appreciates the strength and value of differences in gender, race, ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, philosophy, disability and sexual orientation. We realize there is an opportunity for growth in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, and we are committed to addressing longstanding social injustice and inequality within the school and larger community. We are developing new programs, policies and resources, available on this page, but most importantly, we are listening. By working together, we can enact change.

Goals & Initiatives

  • Appoint a faculty committee to guide the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work
  • Hire more Black, Brown and women faculty and actively participate in the Danforth Campus faculty cluster searches 
  • Launch new graduate and undergraduate student recruitment efforts to recruit more women; Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC); first-generation and low-income students
  • Increase graduation rates for women, BIPOC, first-generation and low-income undergraduate students
  • Work with the Brown School to develop new community partnerships  
  • Improve bias reporting system
  • Continue new “Engineering, Education & Race” seminar series
  • Increase satisfaction level for inclusivity of the McKelvey Engineering community in periodic climate surveys of students, faculty and staff
  • Increase the number of engagement opportunities for women and BIPOC students from a broad support system within Engineering, WashU, alumni and the local community
  • Improve placement after graduation for women and BIPOC undergraduate and graduate students
  • Improve retention of women and BIPOC faculty members

Avenues for impact

Fellowship Opportunities

The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program has supported more than 150 graduate students since 1991. Our alumni have carried their leadership into prominent roles as professors, researchers, authors, artists, policymakers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and civic leaders. The dedication from each of our fellows has been instrumental in making the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship one of the nation's elite fellowships for graduate study.  


GEM provides a large network, financial support and expert knowledge to help ensure student success in competitive academic and professional environments. The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science.

Since 1974, The Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study has made it possible for women of exceptional promise to become leaders in society. From a group of seven, the Olin Fellowship Network has grown to encompass more than 400 women — the women supported by the Olin Fellowship are citizen scholars, committed to the betterment of humanity.

Student Organizations

When you're able to find a network of people who not only have the same interests, but who look like you and have the same experiences, you become an unstoppable team who can achieve anything.

McKelvey Engineering in action

WashU Women & Engineering

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McKelvey Engineering Scholars (2019)

Campus Resources

Academy-Campus-resources.jpg The Academy was created 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.

CDI-campus-resource-copy.png The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports and advocates for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from underrepresented and/or marginalized populations, creates collaborative partnerships with campus and community partners, and promotes dialogue and social change among all students.

adrienne-davis-office-of-vice-provost-campus-resource.jpg The Office of the Vice Provost Faculty Affairs and Diversity focuses primarily on faculty diversity and development, consulting and collaborating with Washington University’s schools on their diversity and inclusion goals. 


The Equity & Inclusion Council acts a university-wide representative to either facilitate implementation of the  Washington University Commission on Diversity and Inclusion’s research and recommendations or to provide institutionalized and structured communication, accountability, and alignment opportunities for university stakeholders working on equity and inclusion.

resources-campus-resources.jpg Our campus resources support our diverse community, with the goal of making our campus community as inclusive as possible.


The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion provides diversity, equity and inclusion assistance and resources to the faculty, staff, trainees and students of the School of Medicine.


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.


These unprecedented times are creating unique needs for our community. Some people need to build new skills immediately, while others need productive ways to engage for themselves or their teams. Join Brown School faculty, alumni and community members for free webinars. 

linkedin-learning-diversity.jpg External resource | LinkedIn Learning Course: Learning about race at work

People around the world are having difficult conversations about race and justice. But few are talking about how to talk about race. This has left some professionals sitting on the sidelines because they don't know what to say or how to say it.


External resource | Ebony O. McGee

As an associate professor of diversity and STEM education at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, Ebony O.McGee investigates what it means to be racially marginalized while minoritized in the context of learning and achieving in STEM higher education and in the STEM professions.

Report a bias incident

To report bias (Students): Mark Kamimura-Jiménez, PhD, mkamimura@wustl.edu
To report bias (Faculty & Staff): Nicole Hudson,  hudsonnc@wustl.edu


of first-year students are BIPOC
of first-year students are women
of graduate students are international
of Engineering faculty have international roots
of Engineering full-time faculty are women

Representation Matters


"The question then emerges: How can we as engineers contribute to a solution to this compelling social challenge?" — Dean Aaron Bobick

In sadness, grief, anger, outrage and hope, WashU leaders have shared messages of our commitment and goals for action.

Messages from our leaders