Working toward a more diverse and inclusive university community is among our highest priorities here at Washington University. 

View results from the 2017 Diversity Engagement Survey  2017, an important step in our ongoing process as we seek input and engage in dialogue that will help us to learn more about our community and gain valuable insight as we work to develop programming and initiatives in support of our goals.

Message from Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton

To our Washington University faculty and staff,

Working toward a more diverse and inclusive university community is among our highest priorities here at Washington University. It is vital to our success and to our future that we create an environment where our faculty, staff and students can come together to make positive change, and where we embrace diversity and unity.

There is still much work to be done, but we have made significant progress in recent years. Following the universitywide blueprint created by the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, we have taken important steps, including, notably, the launch this year of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion, which aims to support faculty and staff in their efforts to improve the campus climate of diversity and inclusion. The Academy is led by Nicole Hudson, who joined the university earlier this year as one of two key new hires in this area, along with Sherree Wilson, who has begun focusing on these topics at the School of Medicine since joining us in October. I am hopeful and confident that, particularly with these talented leaders on board and the insight gained from conversations taking place within our community, we will continue to learn, grow and improve.

As part of our ongoing efforts, the Office of Human Resources invited you and your colleagues on all campuses to participate in a Diversity Engagement Survey in 2014, and again in 2017. I would like to share with you the results of the most recent survey, which you will find in the attached executive summary. Leadership from your school or department will follow up soon with specific data related to your workplace.

The survey represents an important step in our ongoing process as we seek input and engage in dialogue that will help us to learn more about our community and gain valuable insight as we work to develop programming and initiatives in support of our goals.

I want you to know that your opinion matters and your voice is heard. We remain firmly committed to creating a positive university culture and environment for all.

Sincerely,

Mark S. Wrighton
Chancellor

View the 2017 Diversity Engagement Survey Results

Executive Summary