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Library Diversity Committee

WUSTL Diversity Statement

Washington University in St. Louis embraces differences in the form of gender, race, ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, religion, philosophy, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

OUR GOALS: to attract people of great ability from all backgrounds; to encourage faculty and students to be bold, independent and creative thinkers; and to provide the infrastructure to support teaching, research, scholarship and service for the present and for future generations. Washington University intends to judge itself by the most demanding standards.

Washington University in St. Louis Diversity  

WUSTL Diversity


Center for Diversity and Inclusion: Olin Library Level 2, Room 202

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will enhance and strengthen Washington University in St. Louis' commitment to foster a diverse and inclousive community.... The center is a multifunctional space that can be used for studying, lounging, engaging in critical discourse and collaborative planning/programming that is centered around the center's mission. The center has a conference/collaborative room that may be reserved for meetings, workshops, trainings/presentations,etc. Reservations will be managed through the center and can be coordinated via phone or email.

Additionally, a privacy room is available for single and small-group student use. The space does not need to be reserved.

The center is open to all students and members of the Washington University Community.

                                                                                                             -- (from) Diversity at WUSTL. Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Serenity Room

The Serenity Room is now open. This space is a collaborative service of the Libraries, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students, and the Office of the Provost, and was created in response to student requests. 

Designed for individuals seeking a place to step away from their studies to meditate, pray, or quietly reflect while in the central location of Olin Library, the Serenity Room is not intended to be used as study space.  More than one individual may use the room at the same time, regardless of the type of activity.  Nonetheless, the room is modestly sized—about 130 square feet—and would comfortably hold about 4 people; it is not sized and designed as a place for group services.  The Serenity Room is located on Level 2 of Olin Library, in Room 221.  It is open the same hours as Olin Library, is not reservable, and is available to all people of all faiths, and to those with no religious affiliation.

Communities & Sources

WUSTL Diversity

Discover diversity in action at WUSTL. See the programs and resources through which we are building a more diverse and inclusive university.


The Mosaic Project

For the past year and a half, dedicated students, faculty and staff have come together through the university’s Mosaic Project to help move us toward a more inclusive campus community. Now, as this initiative has concluded, the efforts of the eight Mosaic Project working groups are taking root at the university. The Mosaic Project supports the university’s ongoing commitment to strengthen diversity, foster inclusion and promote social justice in all aspects of the student experience.


Diversity Student Organizations

Student diversity organizations abound on campus, providing connections for students from many backgrounds and experiences. To learn more about our student organizations, click any organization’s name to visit its website. Please note that each organization’s website is written and maintained by the group’s student members.


Catholic Student Center

THE CATHOLIC STUDENT CENTER at Washington University is a house of Catholic formation and a community of hospitality to students of all faiths. The Catholic Student Center strives - through education, service, and a worshipping community that seeks to know and become Christ - to form students intellectually, morally, socially, and spiritually according to the wisdom of the Catholic Church, so that they become active participants in parish life and moral and spiritual leaders in Church and society for the 21st century.


Diversity and Inclusion Leader

The Diversity and Inclusion Grant program supports Washington University in St. Louis faculty and staff in initiatives that strengthen and promote diversity on campus. Diversity includes focus on gender, race, ethnicity, disability, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation and gender identity.


Diversity Inclusion Forum for Faculty and Staff (DIFFS)

The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Forum for Faculty and Staff (DIFFS) at Washington University in St. Louis is to build a strong and influential community of underrepresented faculty and staff. DIFFS provides and supports educational, social and cultural competency opportunities.


Human Resources (HR) Danforth Campus

The Danforth Campus and the School of Medicine are home to approximately 13,000 faculty and staff members, making Washington University one of St. Louis' largest employers.


Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies was founded to provide scholarships for American Indians and has grown into one of the most respected centers in the nation for academic advancement and study of American Indian issues related to social work.


LGBT Advisory Board

The Advisory Board works to identify institutional, structural, and cultural initiatives that make Washington University in St. Louis a welcoming, accepting, and vibrant learning and living environment for the LGBT community and all individuals. The LGBT Advisory Board supports the LGBT community by creating programs focused on growing a culturally rich campus through community building, advocacy, social justice and diversity education, leadership, and the development of global citizens.


Office for International Students and Scholars

The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) embraces Washington University in St. Louis’ mission of recruiting and retaining the most promising and accomplished students and scholars from around the world. These students and scholars enhance the diversity of both the university and St. Louis communities by integrating global perspectives into conversations in the classroom, campus venues and the greater community. The OISS enables international students and scholars to thrive academically and socially by meeting their unique needs and engaging them in American life and culture.


The Social Justice Center / Social Justice Center Advisory Board

The Social Justice Center is the product of a shared vision and a collaborative effort by Washington University administrators, faculty and students. The SJC serves to centralize the efforts within the Washington University community to combat prejudice and promote social justice. The SJC promotes awareness and understanding of social justice and diversity issues by providing education, facilitation, and resources.


Theatre for Social Change

Students at Rosati-Kain recently completed a six-week program in partnership with Washington Uni­versity entitled, “Theatre for Social Change.” The program culminated with a play performance May 8, 2014. R-K was honored to be one of only six schools in the St. Louis community chosen to participate in this pilot program.The project has its roots with the Theatre of the Oppressed established by Augusto Boal in Brazil in the 1960’s. The program explored issues of social justice facing the Rosati-Kain community and created a forum for dialogue in which to explore these issues more deeply and seek potential solu­tions.


St. Louis Hillel at Washington University

Hillel is one of the largest student organizations on campus, housing numerous student-run programs that enrich the lives of Jewish students at the Washington University. Explore the website to find out spiritual, educational, social justice and cultural programs, individual counseling, and lots of opportunities to simply “hang out” with other Jewish students.