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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Following the ClubQ Shooting: ODEI’s Commitment to the LGBTQIA+ Community

In the wake of the horrific shooting at ClubQ, an LGBTQIA+ bar in Colorado Springs this past weekend, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) reiterates its commitment to and stands in solidarity with members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We mourn the lives of the five persons who were killed, and our thoughts are with the 25 people who were injured. The LGBTQIA+ community is hurting, and similar to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, the pain is exacerbated by national rhetoric that centers itself on hate for transgender and gay people.
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is devastated by Monday’s horrific school shooting at the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is devastated by Monday’s horrific school shooting at the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is devastated by Monday’s horrific school shooting at the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, here in St. Louis. Loss of life in a place of learning is unthinkable, and sadly all too familiar. Classrooms should be safe havens where young people feel welcomed and where learning is celebrated. We have had the honor of being a part of the education process in several area high schools, including Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience with whom we have an ongoing affiliation. We are brokenhearted about the lost lives and the loss of innocence for the adolescents and young adults, as well as staff and administrators, who survived this tragic event at the Central Visual and Performing Arts and Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. Our community is strong; however, this pain cannot be healed easily. The consequences of gun violence are pervasive and affect entire communities: children, adults, and families.   

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