Awareness, understanding, commitment and action – these are the pillars that make up diversity and inclusion training at Washington University. Through interactive and experiential training, employees are learning how diversity impacts the university.

“Our staff retreat focused on diversity and inclusion training and was led beautifully by Denise DeCou. It was extremely helpful to do the training together and the session provided important insight into inherent biases and many practical tools for creating a more inclusive environment.”

– Carmon Colangelo, Dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts

Employees can participate in four levels of training, starting with Diversity and Inclusion 1.0. Each level builds on concepts to help participants grow and work toward a concrete approach for creating positive change within their school, department, campus and even the external community. In the end, employees can leave with a plan of action.

Employees can sign up for an open session, or check with their department for customized sessions to schools and units.

The sessions include:

  • Diversity 1.0 – Awareness
  • Diversity 2.0 – Understanding
  • Diversity 3.0 – Commitment
  • Diversity 4.0 – Action

For Danforth employee open sessions

For questions, email Shirley_Ikemeier@wustl.edu or call 314-935-5934.


School of Medicine employee open sessions

Visit https://diversity.med.wustl.edu/training/ to learn more about diversity and inclusion training at the School of Medicine. For questions about School of Medicine diversity training, email wusmdiversitytraining@wustl.edu or call Rachelle Smith at 314-362-9356.