Diversity Resources


The academic life at Washington and Lee is defined by diversity. What, after all, does one study at a liberal arts college, but difference? Whether one is studying biology or archaeology, Africana Studies or neuroscience, the point is to engage difference and learn through that experience. The faculty at Washington and Lee place supreme value on the free and respectful exchange of knowledge, ideas, and thought, whether that takes place in the classroom, the laboratory, the lecture hall, or the many crucial exchanges that happen in the hallways and walkways of a great university.


We realize you may face additional challenges in navigating your college experience. This page provides general information you may find helpful. Please contact your class dean if you have questions or concerns at any time.


Washington and Lee University is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities to qualified students with physical or mental disabilities and reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with physical or mental disabilities, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The University is also committed to ensuring that all individuals have access to information and information technology associated with administration and services, courses of instruction, departmental programs, and University-sponsored activities.

Religious Life

While Washington and Lee University is a non-sectarian institution, we realize that spirituality is a part of a student's holistic development. We provide programs, resources, and spaces for all students to learn, grow, and explore.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations (HBGLOs) provide leadership opportunities and support for students interested in committing to lifelong membership under the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC).

Educational Opportunities

The Office of Fellowships helps W&L undergraduate and law students and alumni apply for nationally competitive fellowships.

Leadership Opportunities

As an OIE Ambassador, you would be responsible for being a campus ambassador for the Office of Inclusion and Engagement. OIE Ambassadors will be trained on all aspects of OIE and will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values of the office.

LGBTQ Resources

The LGBTQ Resource Center supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning students through peer counseling, programming, education and advocacy, and students can participate in several LGBTQ campus organizations which also offer programming, support and education.

Emergency Needs Support

Student Affairs provides discretionary funds and resources for students in times of emergencies. The Angel Fund can provide financial support for students who have experienced a major loss of personal property, death or severe illness of immediate family member, or sudden loss of parental support. The Laptop Lending Program allows students to apply for a temporary laptop loan in times of emergency.

Student Organizations

Washington and Lee is proud to have so many organizations on campus that support, celebrate and bring awareness to diversity in our community and beyond. These organizations are made up of students passionate about current issues, heritage, culture and individuality.

First Generation College Students

Washington and Lee University is committed to ensuring the success of our students who are first in their family to attend college. We are here to assist you and answer any questions you may have regarding the application process, financial aid, academics, and social life.

Campus Food Pantry

The Washington and Lee University Food Pantry is an initiative that is sponsored and supported by the Division of Student Affairs.

Career and Professional Development

Interested in multicultural opportunities? Explore these online resources to get started. Feel free to drop by our office to meet with an advisor to help plan.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Undocumented Student Support

Washington and Lee University is a community that celebrates and honors students from diverse backgrounds. Our University, along with hundreds of other universities across the country , is committed to supporting all students and their academic pursuits regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

Black / African Diaspora Alumni Mentoring Program

The Black / African Diaspora Alumni Mentoring Program at Washington and Lee seeks to connect our current students with Washington and Lee alumni across the country. Mentors would provide a wide array of support and guidance as well as strategies for obtaining internships, graduate school admissions and post-graduation career opportunities. This program would not replace the resources available through existing programs and services at the University, but rather create additional ones to ensure student success.

OIE Newsletter Archives

The Office of Inclusion and Engagement Newsletter is a monthly email with news, events, and information.