The Center for Diversity and Inclusion was developed out of the Mosaic Project, an institutional-wide effort which examined and identified concrete ways to create lasting change by developing permanent systems and infrastructure within the University, specifically related to the student experience and issues of diversity and inclusion. Student “voice” and efforts, in particular, were central to the vision and creation of the new Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Chancellor Mark Wrighton convened the Mosaic Project in the spring of 2013.
The Mosaic Project sought to facilitate dialogue, support the ongoing work of existing campus diversity efforts, and create new initiatives that further our goal of cultivating a community that makes all Washington University members feel welcomed and supported. Eight different working groups were created to address various aspects of the student experience. The creation of a Center for Diversity and Inclusion and development of a Bias Report and Support System (to be managed in the new Center) were two of the many efforts that students, staff, faculty, and administrators worked together to address.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s task force, specifically, was responsible for creating the mission and developing the scope of the new diversity center at Washington University. In collaboration with key campus stakeholders and an external consultant, the task force recommended that the Center focus on four primary areas: advocacy, support, collaboration, and education/outreach.