Infusing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the Washington University School of Medicine community

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to:

Provide leadership, expertise and advocacy on all diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within Washington University School of Medicine.

Direct, lead and advance institutional efforts that create a welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment where everyone is valued and respected.

Enhance and develop community partnerships designed to address health needs and promote health equity within the St. Louis community and beyond.

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Helen E. Nash, MD, cares for infant patients at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, circa 1945.

Desegregating the Medical Campus

A new permanent exhibit and website share the historical experiences of Black doctors, nurses, patients, students and staff on the Medical Campus. Its purpose is to acknowledge past injustices, and serve as a reminder of our commitment to racial equity.

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Divisions that support our work

Core areas of focus housed within the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion include:

A young Black woman wearing a white physicians coat holds a handwritten sign that says: "My white coat means ... to commit to lifelong learning, humility and the fight for equity in science and medicine! 'Ndoto Zinatimia'"

MD Diversity Programs

Enhances the medical educational environment through recruitment of a culturally diverse academic workforce, while preparing a diverse student body to become leaders in a vibrant, global society. Offers programs for high school students; current students, trainees and junior faculty; visiting medical students and more.

Summer scholar Jakayla Folarin-Hines, left, meets with Victora Brings, PhD, right, to present and get feedback on her research.

Academic Pathway Programs

Builds an intentional and deliberate infrastructure to improve efforts in recruiting, retaining, and developing underrepresented applicants in medicine (UiM) and the STEM workforce. Connects high school, college, and doctoral students with educational and scientific activities which otherwise may be inaccessible.

A group of people examines and discusses a timeline documenting the medical campus history of segregation and desegregation.

Programming and Professional Development

Provides education, programming and consultation to the WashU Med community for increased understanding and skill development around the work of diversity, equity and inclusion, utilizing frameworks for culture change, restorative justice, health equity, community building and self-compassion.

Upcoming events

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Latest news and updates

Desegregation History Sharing Circles for the WashU Med & BJC Community

Desegregation History Sharing Circles for the WashU Med & BJC Community

In April 2024, WashU Medicine and BJC HealthCare unveiled a permanent exhibit documenting the desegregation of the Medical Campus, exploring more than a century of perspectives of doctors, nurses, patients, students and staff. The Sharing Circles will provide space for community members to share their reactions, thoughts and questions related to their experience of the exhibit and the story it tells of our institutions and the region.
Happy Ramadan!

Happy Ramadan!

This week marks the beginning of Ramadan this year and ends on April 9th. People all over the world, here in St. Louis, and many colleagues and patients will celebrate and observe Ramadan. As we work towards a culture that values diversity and a community that strives to foster belonging, we thought it might be […]

SNMA PRESENTS…Black History & The Arts Week 4 (PDF) (Links to an external site)

African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, Afro-Latin, and Black-American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary, and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment. Artistic and cultural movements, such as the New Negro, Black Arts, Black Renaissance, hiphop, and Afrofuturism, have been led by people of African descent and set the standard for popular trends around the world. In 2024, SNMA examines the varied history and life of African American arts and artisans within St. Louis.

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