Creating and sustaining a climate that is diverse and inclusive takes conscious effort and honest reflection. We are making strides in the right direction. Over the past year, more than 7,100 students, faculty and staff members have participated in an initiative aimed at improving diversity and inclusion. There are more to train and we recognize the need to reinforce the message in all we do.

In the months ahead, I hope to continue this conversation with you, share new initiatives and celebrate successes.

Our ambition is clear — to become an environment that supports diversity, inclusion, critical thinking and creativity — and in doing so, be the best medical school in the world and contribute to a better St. Louis community.


David H. Perlmutter, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and
Dean, Washington University School of Medicine