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W&L students are engaged citizens of a global and diverse community.

Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement Tamara Futrell

Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement Tamara Futrell

It is a pleasure to introduce you to The Office of Inclusion and Engagement.  We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and supportive atmosphere as students integrate into the educational, cultural and social environment of the University. In concert with Washington and Lee's educational mission, my staff and I seek to foster "harmonious relationships" by providing opportunities for the campus community to enhance its knowledge about issues of diversity and social justice, cultivate and promote an inclusive community and challenge prejudicial attitudes and behaviors that are contradictory to our core values.

The Office of Inclusion and Engagement

The Office of Inclusion and Engagement supports the university's mission by striving to foster a culture in which all members of the community feel fully welcome and able to participate in everything Washington and Lee has to offer.  Toward this end, OIE develops programs that explore, promote and celebrate the increasingly diverse backgrounds of our students, faculty and staff.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

Reporting Discrimination and Harassment

W&L encourages all members of our community to report incidents of harassment and/or discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, veteran's status, or genetic information.

LGBTQ Resources

LGBTQ

The LGBTQ Resource Center supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender 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.

Religious Life

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.

Academics

The academic life at Washington and Lee is defined by diversity. What, after all, does one study at a liberal arts college, but difference? 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.

Center for International Education

International Education

International students are jointly supported by the Office of Inclusion and Engagement and the Center for International Education, which assists with the transition to life in the U.S., helping students attain Visas, prepare tax returns and find a host family for their time in Lexington. There are a number of international student organizations on campus, open to all students, which focus on global awareness and cultural exchange. Students who are interested in global learning and service learning are eligible to live in the University's Global Service House, a theme house that sponsors international- and service-based events throughout the year.

Accessibility

Washington and Lee University is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities. 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 events.

The Questbridge Scholarship

Admissions and Recruitment

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is committed to recruiting and enrolling students with diverse backgrounds and interests by engaging with high schools and community-based organizations around the world, as a dedicated QuestBridge partner, and by providing an immersive look at student life with the Diversity & Inclusion Visit Experience (DIVE).

Emergency 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.

The W&L Promise

Affordability

The W&L Promise is part of Washington and Lee's strategic initiative to make the distinctive W&L experience affordable to qualified students. Washington and Lee always meets the full demonstrated financial need for any admitted student using a combination of grants, scholarships, and student employment, regardless of the family level of income.

First Generation 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 W&L Campus Food Pantry aims to alleviate food insecurity among students by providing emergency food to those in need. The Food Pantry is open 24 hours a day and when Elrod Commons is open during breaks and holidays.

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Our student organizations ensure that W&L has a global perspective. Through participation in student organizations, students can build community, engage in social justice, develop leadership skills, and become holistic learners.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)

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.

Alumni Mentorship

Mentorship has been found to be one of the most personally and professionally rewarding relationships a college student can have. The support, guidance and advice a mentor can provide a mentee as they navigate the  university environment and prepare for life beyond an institution is invaluable. The Office of Inclusion and Engagement in partnership with Alumni Affairs has established a mentoring program that connects current Washington and Lee African-American / Black students with alumni. Learn more about this program and apply to serve as a mentor.

Black Greek Organizations

Black Greek Life

Since their inception in the early 20th century, Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations have enhanced the lives of African American students in higher education. Founded on the principles of service, brotherhood and sisterhood and scholarship, these organizations have developed some of the world's greatest leaders, who are committed to developing their communities and making the world a better place.

Educational Opportunities

Washington and Lee is committed to making internship, fellowship and opportunities available to all students.

Programs and Events

Programs and Events

W&L's commitment to diversity is operationalized through intentional programming. The Office of Inclusion and Engagement as well as various student organizations work to organize programs and events that speak to issues of justice, global citizenship and diversity.

Trainings

Understanding that knowledge is power, W&L offers myriad trainings that empower students, faculty and staff to create inclusive environments and lead important discussions surrounding race, class and gender, in and out of the classroom.

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development offers a wide range of support services to guide students in self-assessment leading to decisions for postgraduate pursuits, and planning experiences and coursework to support those decisions. This office also helps students prepare by assisting with professional documents, networking, internship and employment searches and interview practice.

Task Forces and Committees

At W&L, inclusion and engagement is a community effort. Various committees and task forces of faculty, staff, and students come together regularly to discuss issues relating to diversity, equity, and social justice and to create innovative solutions to building an inclusive campus climate.

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Diversity & Inclusion Contacts

Associate Dean of Students Tamara Futrell

Tamara Futrell
Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement

Tamara Futrell services as the Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Tamara is responsible for providing leadership and vision for student diversity and inclusion programming, services and initiatives within the division of Students Affairs. She collaborates with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement, The Office of Jewish Life, the LGBTQ Resource Center, religious and spiritual development, first generation programs and campus diversity trainings. She has a passion for working with all parts of campus to create a truly welcoming and inclusive community that provides support for all students. Tamara also acts as an ex-officio member of the University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate (UCICC), as well as the Dean of the Senior Class.
Dani Roberts Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement

Dani Roberts
Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement

Dani Roberts serves as the Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement. Reporting to the Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement, he is responsible for advising and developing diversity and social justice programs for the W&L community. In his role, Dani also collaborates with various offices and campus organizations to support and empower students from historically excluded identity groups. Dani's areas of interest in diversity, equity and inclusion are in activism/advocacy, inclusive program design, and restorative justice practices.
Jake Reeves Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement for LGBTQ+ Support

Jake Reeves
Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement for LGBTQ+ Support

Jake Reeves (he/him/his) serves as the Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement for LGBTQ+ Support. In his role, Jake is responsible for advising and supporting LGBTQIA+ students and developing programming that enhances the LGBTQIA+ student experience. Jake's area of interest is in queer representation in media, regionality and queer identity, and first-generation student experiences.
Director of Jewish Life Maggie Shapiro Haskett

Maggie Shapiro Haskett
Director of Jewish Life

Maggie Shapiro Haskett serves as the Director of Jewish Life. In her role, she is responsible for advising Jewish student organizations and developing programming that enhances the Jewish student experience. Maggie serves as a member of the university's campus ministry team, and works collaboratively with many other areas of campus, including the Office of Admissions and the Development Office. She also oversees the day-to-day operation of Hillel House.
University Counselor and LGTBQ Coordinator Rallie Snowden

Rallie Snowden, LCSW
University Counselor and LGTBQ Coordinator

Rallie Snowden serves as the University Counselor and LGTBQ Coordinator. As a licensed clinical social worker, Rallie is part of the University Counseling Center, acts as the LGBTQ Coordinator, and oversees the LGBTQ Resource Center. Arriving to W&L in 2014, Rallie brings the experience of running her own private practice, performing critical incident stress debriefings, and working as a Clinical Supervisor for an intensive in-home agency. Her professional interests include social justice, LGBTQ issues, and the process of coming into one's own.
Director of Catholic Campus Ministry Andrew Newman

Andrew Newman
Catholic Campus Minister

As the Catholic Campus Minister for Washington and Lee, Andrew maintains an active faith life in the Lexington community. Andrew also enjoys backpacking and hiking in the outdoors, and is often times roaming the Blue Ridge Mountains when away from his desk.
Mohamed Kamara

Mohamed Kamara
Faculty Advisor to Campus Muslim Students

Mohamed is Associate Professor of French at Washington and Lee and the current Head of the Africana Studies Program. Mohamed's teaching and research interests include French language as well as French and Francophone literatures and cultures, with specific focus on African and Eighteenth century French women writers, colonial education and human rights. Mohamed is also a founding member of Rockbridge Interfaith and a board member of CARE Rockbridge. As faculty advisor to campus Muslim students and the W&L African Society, he is a member of the Religious Staff in the Office of Inclusion and Engagement. Mohamed is married to Tida Dramé and has two children, Adama and Musa.
Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Jennifer Hagin

Jennifer Hagin
Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Jennifer Hagin serves the Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. For the past 15 years, Jennifer has worked with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowships to support and develop student leaders. She instructs students in personally studying the Bible, engaging with and investigating Christianity, and applying faith to the modern world. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and has a MA in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton College.
Reformed University Fellowship Campus Minister Lewis Lovett

Lewis Lovett
Reformed University Fellowship Campus Minister

Lewis and his wife, Maggie (W&L Class of '07) have lived in Lexington since May of 2015. Lewis is a graduate of Wofford College and Covenant Theological Seminary. The Lovetts have three daughters: Ellie Kate (5), Ruthie (4), and Caroline (1). When they're not spending time with college students, the Lovetts enjoy playing in the mountains and enjoying good food with good friends! They love living back in Lexington where Lewis and Maggie got married in Lee Chapel in 2008.

Student Contacts

Ayo Ehindero

Ayo Ehindero '21
Head Student Intern

Ayo is a Nigerian American from Fort Myers, Florida. Here on campus, Ayo is a Resident Advisor for First Year Students as well as a member of Chi Omega, Reformed University Fellowship, and Co-Chair of Concert Operations for the General's Activity Board. She is excited to continue to explore the endless possibilities offered at W&L through study abroad, a wide variety of classes, and extracurricular activities. She understands that since we live in a global world, heterogeneous with different backgrounds and cultures, it is imperative that we prioritize the importance of not only diversity, but also creating an inclusive campus climate. Ayo is honored to work with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement as the Head Program Assistant to promote the importance of diversity on W&L's campus!
Ana Estrada Hamm

Ana Estrada Hamm '22

Ana is a Peruvian American from Bentonville, Arkansas, who intends on majoring in Politics & Computer Science. Ana is looking forward to getting involved on campus anyway she can. She is also looking forward to contributing to the Office of Inclusion of Diversity as a project assistant.
Amber Morrison

Amber Morrison '23

Amber is from Bethlehem, PA and majors in Cognitive and Behavioral Science with a minor in Africana Studies. On campus, she involved in many diversity initiatives and organizations, is a member of African society, serves as the Vice-President for SABU, and has worked at OIE since her freshmen year. She loves to write poetry, drink lattes, and listen to music.
Silvana Varela Benevides

Silvana Varela Benevides '23

Silvana was born in Costa Rica. She is currently majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in French on the pre-med track. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the LEAD program, a Young Life Capernaum leader for the Rockbridge area, and works for a CBSC lab researching the relationship between mental and physical health. Her interests include traveling, politics, exploring the outdoors, and continuing to educate herself on intersectional social issues. While she has loved her experience at Washington and Lee, she knows there is much work to be done, and she hopes to be able to contribute to that change through her work with OIE.
Tomi Akinmola

Tomi Akinmola '21L

Tomi is a law student from Georgia. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Political Science. She loves the small community feel that Lexington provides. However, she recognizes the challenges that students of color initially face when on campus socially and academically. Tomi hopes to offer students a safe space to navigate their experiences in order to foster a sense of understanding and belonging on this campus.
Noriya Shahadat

Noriya Shahadat '21L

Noriya is a law student, originally from Harare, Zimbabwe. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from a school in Minot, North Dakota. Noriya loves to travel and particularly enjoys the perspective that results from immersing oneself into foreign cultures. She loves the outdoors, and is appreciative of the fact that Lexington and the surrounding areas provide many opportunities to hike and explore nature. Being a first-generation college graduate who faced many obstacles in her pursuit of a higher education, Noriya hopes to offer students at W&L some guidance and positivity to help get through the journey known as college.