About the Center for Diversity & Inclusion

The Mission of The Center of Diversity and Inclusion (hereinafter referred to as the “Center”) was developed to enhance and strengthen Washington University’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community. The Center’s mission is support and advocate for students from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized populations, create collaborative partnerships with campus and community partners, and promote dialogue and social change among all students.


Pillars

  • Advocacy
  • Support
  • Education and Outreach
  • Collaboration

History

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion was developed out of the Mosaic Project, an institutional-wide effort developed to examine and identify 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 envisioning 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 develop new initiatives to cultivate a community that furthers our goal of making 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 for 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.