Commitment to cultural competency and diversity

Grounded in its mission statement, the Washington University Diversity Initiative was launched in July 2005. This initiative included the creation of a Coordinating Council for Diversity Initiatives (CCDI) and the appointment of a Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Diversity Initiatives. The focus of the initiative is to increase racial diversity and gender balance among the University’s faculty and staff.

Washington University School of Medicine recognizes that advocating a culturally competent and diverse academic workplace will enhance its leadership role in medical education. The School is also committed to preparing an ethnically diverse student body to serve as global leaders in the 21st century.

The Office of Diversity Programs (ODP) adheres to the principle that a multicultural learning environment serves to benefit all students. The ODP will promote the concepts and benefits of pluralism throughout the medical center and will strive to recruit, develop and retain talented students and faculty from under represented groups. The ODP will serve to create opportunities to unite a diverse student body and to develop a partnership

Featured resources

Academic Women’s Network

The Academic Women’s Network was established in 1990 by women faculty at WUSM to promote professional interactions and career development and to assist and mentor women in science and medicine.

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

The AMWA is a national organization that is dedicated to promoting women’s health, improving the professional development and personal well-being of its members, and increasing the influence of women in all aspects of the medical profession.

Association of Women Faculty

The Association of Women Faculty fosters professional and social interactions among women faculty, to defend campus-wide diversity and to advance the interests of women faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.

Bridge at WashU

An LGBTQA affinity group for Washington University in St. Louis faculty and staff. BRIDGE: Bravery, Responsibility, Inclusion, Dignity, Guidance, and Empowerment.

DEI Training at WashU

Offered by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The focus of our training is to support the School of Medicine community in developing a greater awareness, understanding, commitment and action framework regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.


Diversity and Inclusion Forum for Faculty & Staff

Our mission is to build a strong culture of inclusion and advocate support for an influential community of underrepresented faculty and staff by creating opportunities for networking, mentoring, cultural awareness, and collaboration.

Diversity & Inclusion at WashU

Washington University’s initiatives to support and cultivate a stronger climate of diversity and inclusion.


OUTmed is a Department of Medicine sponsored organization that advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community. Membership is comprised of faculty, trainees, residents, students, staff and allies. Members from across the School of Medicine and Barnes Jewish Hospital are welcome to participate.

Project Implicit

Discover your own implicit bias

The mission of Project Implicit is to educate the public about bias and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the internet. Project Implicit scientists produce high-impact research that forms the basis of our scientific knowledge about bias and disparities.


Washington University Medical Center Housestaff Auxiliary

WUMCHA (wümchä), a department of Barnes Jewish Hospital, has acted as a support group to address the unique needs of spouses, partners, residents, fellows, and attending physicians affiliated with the Medical Center since 1982. These people, the majority of whom have relocated to St. Louis, have special life stresses that WUMCHA strives to address.