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Diversity & Inclusion Commitment

Statement from Dean Perlmutter:


The School of Medicine’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is sincere and longstanding.

With an attitude of honest self reflection, we are taking deliberate action to build an environment that attracts, welcomes and retains people from many backgrounds and provides an environment in which everyone can thrive. These efforts are central to success everything we do: addressing the world’s most intractable scientific challenges, training culturally sensitive leaders in medicine, and providing health care for an ethnically and racially diverse patient population.

The 2015 formation of the Dean’s Senior Leadership Committee (SLC) on Diversity and Inclusion guided the medical school in creating a formal framework for progress and accountability across our institution. This work led to the new, senior-level diversity and inclusion position, the creation of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, updates to hiring and retention policies, and the ongoing development and implementation of programs to promote awareness, understanding and accountability.

Our ambition is clear — to become an environment that supports equity, diversity, inclusion, critical thinking and creativity — and in doing so, to strengthen our city and make the world a healthier place. I look forward to sharing more stories of progress and seeing what we can accomplish together.


David H. Perlmutter, MD

Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs
Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor
George and Carol Bauer Dean, School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis


Our institutional commitment to diversity

At every level of leadership, we commit to building a diverse and inclusive community in which everyone is welcomed and valued. The School of Medicine Diversity Statement is endorsed by the Academic Affairs Committee and approved by the Executive Faculty.

Read the diversity statement