"Open the doors wider, for everybody."

Equity, Diversity & 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 equity, diversity 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.


Celebrating Pride Month

‘We filled a gap’: oSTEM among most active organizations at WashU

oSTEM, one of McKelvey Engineering’s newest student organizations, has grown to be among the most active engineering and LGBT groups on campus

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Action items for change

  • 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

Director of Diversity Initiatives

“Marcus has always been a strong and innovative advocate for not only increasing the diversity of McKelvey, but also in consideration of climate and opportunity, especially for our students. Marcus will both lead and push, which is the perfect combination of attributes for this role.”

— Aaron Bobick, Dean

Foston to lead diversity initiatives in McKelvey School of Engineering

Avenues for impact

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.


WashU is No. 4 for Best LGBTQ Schools according to CollegeChoice

The typical college-aged questions of “Who will I hang out with?” and “Will I fit in?” are magnified for LGBTQIA students. McKelvey Engineering is proud to provide our students a safe, supportive space to be their true self.

WashU LGBTQIA resources

McKelvey Engineering in action

WashU Women & Engineering

Studio: TESLA - D3 Day

McKelvey Engineering Scholars (2020)

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

Campus Resources

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.

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.

The Office of the Vice Provost for 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.

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 logo

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. 

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.

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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.

Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields have a variety of opportunities for fellowships and other financial support.

Graduate Fellowships


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

Committee members

Marcus Foston
Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Committee Chair

Jessica Wagenseil
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Associate Chair

Ariana Jasarevic
Human Resources

Damena Agonafer
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science


Dinal Jayasekera
Graduate Student
Biomedical Engineering

James Orr
Computer Science & Engineering

Jamie Hendrix
UMSL Program

Jon Silva
Biomedical Engineering

Justine Craig-Meyer
Advancement Programs

Kelechi Achilefu
Undergraduate Student

Kris Campa
Engineering Undergraduate Student Services

Michael R. Brent
Computer Science & Engineering

Sandra P. Matteucci
Division of Engineering Education

Tsitsi Grace Madziwa-Nussinov
Electrical & Systems Engineering

Communications from the Dean

In sadness, grief, anger, outrage and hope, Dean Bobick has shared messages of our commitment and goals for action.