WUSM Path to Inclusion
As members of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, we welcome you to explore this site to learn more about diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives at Washington University School of Medicine.
On the pathway to inclusion there are several avenues identified for providing education to staff, faculty and students of the School of Medicine.
Through a series of four, one-hour training sessions known as Diversity 1.0-4.0, Diversity and Inclusion leaders take Washington University School of Medicine community members on a journey aimed at greater understanding of diversity and inclusion. Participants learn more about the role of conscious/unconscious biases and prejudices in our everyday interactions as well as measures we can take to mitigate their impact.
We provide Level 1.0 training to all new employees and 1.0 – 3.0 training to all new managers as part of the orientation process.
The mission of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSM) is to “lead in advancing human health through the best clinical care, innovative research and the education of tomorrow’s leaders in biomedicine in a culture that supports diversity, inclusion, critical thinking and creativity.”
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aligns its practices in a manner that enthusiastically supports the School’s mission.
In addition to Level 1.0-Level 4.0 training sessions, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion also assists with recruitment and retention of diverse staff and faculty, strategic planning for diversity and inclusion initiatives with senior leaders, conflict resolution regarding diversity and inclusion matters, seminars on various topics of cultural competence, as well as lending our expertise to additional School of Medicine diversity needs as requested.
To date, more than 7,100 people have participated in Level 1.0 diversity and inclusion training across the medical school, with some of these participants completing up to Level 4.0. Training evaluations have been overwhelmingly positive and indicate that many participants are eager to learn more about diversity and inclusion.
At the School of Medicine, we have been seeking a deeper understanding of issues involving diversity and inclusion. To best serve the community in the broadest sense, we first must look inside to ensure that the people who study, work and train here feel welcomed, respected and nurtured. To accomplish this goal the Human Resources Office of Diversity and Inclusion spearheaded the use of The Diversity Engagement Survey to assess the climate of the WUSM community.
Results of the survey indicate that although the majority of faculty and staff experiences at Washington University School of Medicine are positive, there are some populations whose experiences are less positive than others. This is a disparity that the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has devoted its energy to effectively addressing.
The Smart Choices Career Development Services, a series of consultation sessions, is designed to help employees develop skills and gain experiences that will assist them in advancing their careers at Washington University School of Medicine. Offered through the Human Resources Department, the service is available to all staff members in management and non-managerial roles.
Although personal career development remains the responsibility of each of us, talking with the career development specialist can help you set realistic career goals and identify concrete steps to meet them. Meeting with the career development specialist does not guarantee a new job placement; however it can be the first step toward creating a more fulfilling career path at Washington University School of Medicine.
We endeavor to work with community groups to strengthen our understanding of and relationship with each other in areas specific to underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities. We invite “community voices” from experts with diverse backgrounds across the St. Louis region to collaborate with us in ways that add to establishing a diverse and inclusive environment at Washington University School of Medicine. Through collaborating with community resources whose services intersect with the diversity and inclusion goals of the School of Medicine, our ability to work well across various identity groups will be enhanced.
Understanding where we are today
More than 4,000 members from the School of Medicine community participated in the 2014-15 Diversity Engagement Survey, which was designed to explore perceptions of the inclusiveness of our academic learning environment.