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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 Class of 1994 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.

Student Support

The Class of 1994 Office of Inclusion and Engagement

The Class of 1994 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.

Emergency Need 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Student Life

Programs and Events

Programs and Events

W&L's commitment to diversity is operationalized through intentional programming. The Class of 1994 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Leadership Opportunities

Students enjoy participating in peer-to-peer education about a variety of topics, and the Class of 1994 Office of Inclusion and Engagement strives to provide as many of these opportunities as possible.

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.

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.

Black Alumni Mentorship

The Class of 1994 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.

Center for International Education

International Education

International students are jointly supported by the Class of 1994 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.

Academics and Education

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.

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.

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).

Educational Opportunities

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

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.

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Stop API Hate

Since March of 2020 the number of reported hate/bias incidents against Asian and Pacific Islander (API) people has increased exponentially. However, we cannot truly quantify the number of hate/bias incidents as many incidents go unreported. Members of the API community at W&L encourage you to stand up and speak out to #StopAPIHate.

 

 

In Memoriam: Theodore Carter DeLaney Jr. '85, professor of history emeritus

During his career at W&L, DeLaney brought his passion for justice and inclusion to the classroom and to his scholarship.

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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 Class of 1994 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.
Heidi Bustos Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement

Heidi Bustos
Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement

Heidi Bustos (she/her/ella) serves as the Assistant Director of Inclusion and Engagement. In her role, Heidi is responsible for supporting First-Generation students and developing programming that enhances their experiences. She also works closely with the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations and the theme houses to create more visibility, programming and student engagement. Heidi's area of interest is to promote an inclusive environment for all students with intersecting identities and diverse backgrounds. She is a proud first-generation student and has a passion for the first-generation student experience at predominantly white institutions. 
 
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.
Fiorela Giraldo Prado de Lewis Senior Program Coordinator for the Office of Inclusion and Engagement

Fiorela Giraldo Prado de Lewis
Senior Program Coordinator for the Office of Inclusion and Engagement

Fiorela serves as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Office of Inclusion and Engagement. In her role, she responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations for the Office of Inclusion and Engagement. She is also responsible for the planning and execution of OIE events, programing, and scheduling. In addition to her daily activities, Fiorela also operates the campus Food Pantry.
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 Class of 1994 Office of Inclusion and Engagement. Mohamed is married to Tida Dramé and has two children, Adama and Musa.