Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our Commitment to Our Community
Institutional Efforts and Leadership
W&L's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion includes initiatives outlined in W&L's Strategic Plan, membership in the Liberal Arts College Racial Equity Alliance, and the creation of several standing committees and working groups on campus.
Initiatives to create a more inclusive academic experience include comprehensive reviews of W&L's general education requirements and teaching evaluation process, as well as new academic programs, coursework, training opportunities and co-curricular programs.
The Office of Inclusion and Engagement, with a new physical home to open in Elrod Commons in 2022, develops programs that explore, promote, and celebrate the increasingly diverse backgrounds of our students, and partners with the Office of Student Affairs to provide training programs and student support.
We strive to recruit talented students from deep and diverse applicant pools for undergraduate and law school admission, and admit the strongest applicants, regardless of family financial circumstances.
Employee Hiring and Retention
We seek to recruit talented and diverse faculty and staff, and foster a campus culture where every member of the community can thrive.
Our efforts to increase multicultural engagement on campus and in our alumni chapters include more diverse representation on volunteer boards, targeted outreach, and expanded programming.
We are teaching and presenting our institutional history as comprehensively and accurately as possible, and expanding the stories we tell about those who played important roles in it.
In her role, Saez Tatman will develop and implement programs to enrich the law school experience and to help law students succeed in school, personally, and professionally.
Wingard Cunningham joins W&L from College of Wooster, where she is the Mildred Foss Thompson Professor of English and dean for faculty development.
The Office of Inclusion and Engagement (OIE) supports Washington and Lee University's mission by striving to foster a culture in which all community members feel entirely welcome and able to participate in everything the university has to offer.
Lena Hill, dean of the College and professor of English and Africana studies at Washington and Lee, has been appointed to be the university’s next provost, beginning July 1, 2021.
Lynn Rainville will participate in the virtual symposium "Revealing Fayetteville – A New Landscape" on Nov. 2 from noon to 3:30 p.m.