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WashU Resources on Diversity and Inclusion

Resource Overview

Selected Washington University resources on diversity and inclusion.

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Bias Report and Support System (BRSS)

This system has been designed to allow members of the Washington University community to report incidents of bias involving students. These incidents can be reported either anonymously or with identifiable information. The BRSS has been designed for three primary purposes:

  • To Support students who have witnessed or been the target of bias-related incidents.
  • To Refer community members to appropriate university and local resources, and educate reporters on what to expect from each resource.
  • To Inform the university community about the frequency and nature of bias incidents through quarterly summary reports in order to drive discussion on making Washington University more diverse and inclusive.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The Center supports and advocates for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations and creates collaborative partnerships with campus and community members to promote dialogue and social change. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (located on the 2nd Level of Olin Library) is an integral part of the university’s core mission to develop students as future leaders in the diverse global community of the 21st Century.

Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning

Cornerstone provides academic support programs for students, including peer-mentoring programs, in addition to writing assistance and study-skills workshops. Cornerstone is also home to Disabilities Resources, where students with disabilities or suspected disabilities can request accommodations and services (such as additional time on an exam or note-taking ) to ensure equal access to the programs and services of the University. Cornerstone is located on the first floor of the Gregg Residence Hall on the South 40. 

Cornerstone: TRiO Program  http://cornerstone.wustl.edu/trio/

The TRiO program supports the increase of university students who are first in their families to go to college, low-income by federal guidelines, or have a learning or physical disability. Cornerstone’s TRiO program provides individual support to TRiO Scholars through collaborative approaches to ensure enriching, engaging, full and fulfilling transition, retention, graduation and post-graduation experiences and success.

Diversity Resources

Faculty, students, and staff can find information and resources on the university’s efforts to encourage and support diversity and inclusion in our community and in our connections to the St. Louis region. Programs include

  • Diversity and inclusion grants, including the Ferguson Academic Seed Fund
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program
  • Academic pipeline programs
  • Faculty leadership workshops

This website also includes a calendar of events related to diversity and inclusion, information on the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, a map of gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus, and the university’s Community Values statement.

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement cultivates informed and actively engaged citizens in our community of students, faculty and staff. The institute supports faculty excellence in community-based teaching, and facilitates partnerships, dialogue, and volunteer assistance for community projects. The institute is located in the Danforth University Center, Suite 150.

Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies https://buder.wustl.edu/

Originally founded to provide scholarships for American Indians, the Buder Center has grown into one of the most respected centers in the nation for the academic advancement and study of American Indian issues related to social work.

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)  oiss.wustl.edu/

The OISS assists international students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. Resources and support services include English-language courses, as well as information on immigration and visa aid. The OISS is located in Stix International House on Forsyth Boulevard on the Danforth Campus and at 4533 Clayton Ave., Room 306 on the Medical Campus

Preferred Name Policy: Guidelines for Faculty


Faculty, staff, and students are permitted to use a preferred name on most university-related records without a legal name change. This page offers suggestions to faculty on supporting students’ use of the preferred-name option, as well as links to pronunciation guides that may be helpful when learning the names of international students.

Safe Zones Training  safezones.wustl.edu/

Faculty and staff can request peer-led Safe Zones training, provided by Washington University’s Safe Zones facilitators. The primary aim of the Faculty/Staff SafeZones Training Program is to promote safer and more secure living, learning, and research environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA) students.

Staff Campus Diversity Collaborative (CDC)

The Campus Diversity Collaborative (CDC) encourages campus conversation on issues of diversity and inclusion, and fosters a support network for WashU professionals who are passionate about these issues.

Statement on Teaching and Learning by the Undergraduate Council

This statement on teaching and learning, written and endorsed by the Undergraduate Council, identifies best practices for faculty and student collaboration in creating conditions for learning.

Student Health Services/Habif Health and Wellness Center https://shs.wustl.edu

Habif Health & Wellness Center — Student Health Services (SHS) provides the student community of Washington University in St. Louis with premiere, student-centered health and health promotion services, including medical checkups and mental-health services.  Student Health Services is located in the Health and Wellness Center in The Nathan Dardick House (terrace level) at the corner of Shepley Drive and Big Bend Boulevard, on the South 40.

Washington University Student Veterans Association

The Washington University in St. Louis Student Veterans Association (WUVETS) is comprised of current graduate and undergraduate student veterans. The purpose of the student group is to represent and advocate for the interests of student Veterans.

WashU Religious Life https://wustl.edu/current-students/religious-life/

Washington University is home to a range of diverse religious groups for students.

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