February 19 & 20, 2019

The university will come together for the fifth consecutive year to reflect on our shared values and how we can build an even stronger commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Register for Day of Discovery events

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Medical Campus

parking and getting there

5:00-6:45 p.m.

The first 250 participants will receive an advance copy of Manji’s book, “Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times”

Welcome and Introduction 

Welcome by Chancellor-elect Andrew D. Martin and introduction by David H. Perlmutter, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine

Keynote Address: Irshad Manji

“Moving Beyond Labels: A Conversation About Diversity, Bigotry & Common Humanity”


Described as the “master of moral courage” by CBS News journalist Lesley Stahl, Irshad Manji is an internationally acclaimed advocate, scholar, educator and best-selling author. She is the founder of the Moral Courage Project, an initiative that aims to help young people speak truth to power within their own communities. Her latest book, “Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times,” will release later this month and already is being heralded as an important and powerful work. Recognizing Manji’s leadership, Oprah Winfrey honored her with the Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction.”

More on Irshad Manji

A Conversation and Q&A

Moderated by Sherree Wilson, Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Medicine

Featuring Ruth Durrell, Junior, Washington University; R. Marie Griffith, the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities; Jessica Pittman, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine, School of Medicine; Averey Strong, Third-Year Class President, School of Medicine

6:45-7:30 p.m.

Reception and Book Signing 

“I am…” Project

Clark-Fox Forum Entry
Wednesday, February 20, throughout the day

Social identities play a major role in how we begin the process of seeing and understanding ourselves.  The “I am….” Project invites Day of Discovery, Dialogue & Action participants to highlight their lived social identities and place them alongside the rest of the university community. Participants were asked to share images of their various social identities on the Day of Discovery, Dialogue & Action website prior to the conference. Participants can also stop by the registration desk to learn more and submit a photo.

Learn More and Submit a Photo

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Danforth Campus Events


parking and getting there

8:00-8:30 a.m.


Coffee Reception

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Lori S. White, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Chancellor-elect Andrew D. Martin

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Dialogue Session I: WU in Focus: A Closer Look at Issues that Matter

Last fall, Student Life published a special issue titled “WU: In Focus, A Closer Look at the Issues that Matter,” highlighting various issues, identities, experiences and perspectives reflecting the diversity of our campus community. Chancellor-elect Martin will invite the student editors of this issue to discuss what prompted them to publish this special issue, followed by a “living room” conversation among selected members of our community, who also reflect different identities, perspectives and life experiences to further dialogues across differences that our student newspaper helped to start.

Facilitated by Mary M. McKay, Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean, Brown School

Featuring Jennifer Goetz, Veteran Student Services Advisor, Office of the Provost; John Inazu, the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion, and Professor of Political Science; Chalaun Lomax, Washington University Senior, Director of Diversity Initiatives, Student Life; Drew McPike, Washington University Junior; Sam Seekings, Washington University Senior, Editor-in-Chief, Student Life; and Anthony Tillman, Assistant Provost for Student Success, Office of the Provost

10:00-10:15 a.m.


Facilitated by Provost Holden Thorp

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Dialogue Session II: “When You Feel Some Kind of Way”: Tools for Dialoguing Across Differences

Facilitated by Denise DeCou, Manager, Diversity and Community Outreach, Office of Human Resources

There are times when someone says something that “makes you feel some kind of way.”  This presentation will help you to better understand your feelings, contemplate your perspective and mitigate your biases. In an interactive session, you will be presented with tools to help navigate difficult conversations and dialoguing across differences.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Dialogue Session III: “Field Notes: Reflections from WashU’s Diversity Practitioners”

What does it mean to take action for social change? What’s it like when this is your job?  This panel will highlight people at Washington University whose work revolves around creating a more inclusive campus climate. Panelists will share the personal and professional journeys that led to their current positions and offer examples of the many ways they have been able to affect change through their spheres of influence.

Facilitated by Nicole Hudson, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Featuring Adrienne D. Davis, Vice Provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law; LaShawnda Fields, PhD Student, Brown School; Joseph Pangelinan, Director of Cultural Awareness and Diversity, School of Medicine; Emelyn dela Peña, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean, Center for Diversity and Inclusion; Toni Aguilar Rosenthal, Washington University Sophomore

12:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Nicole Hudson, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Goldfarb Hall Room 132


12:30-2:30 p.m.

Goldfarb Commons, Goldfarb Hall

Collaborative Engagement in St. Louis – Service Fair

Local agencies will be on hand to give participants insight and information on how you can use your strengths and talents to make a difference in the St. Louis region, by responding to community needs and priorities through civic engagement.

 Participating agencies include:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Asthma and Allergy Association
  • Be the Match
  • Legislative Concerns Committee
  • Paraquad
  • United Way

Learn More

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Engagement Opportunities

Options include:

  • The Gateway Arch National Park and the Old Courthouse

  • Collaborative Engagement in St. Louis Learning Session

  • Non-violent Communication Workshop

  • Developing & Supporting Diverse Teams

  • Going Beneath the Surface

  • Open Space

Learn more about Engagement Opportunities

2:00-4:30 p.m. and
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Film Screenings: “The Color of Medicine”

A facilitated reflection with some of the filmmakers will take place after the film and movie refreshments will be provided during the evening screening. 

“The Color of Medicine” traces the rise and fall of St. Louis’ premier black hospital, Homer G. Phillips, which at one point in time trained the largest number of black doctors and nurses in the world. A large array of other physicians, nurses and patients share recollections that span the years from the hospital’s beginnings in 1937 to its closing in 1979, and community activists and leaders discuss the significant place that Homer G. Phillips Hospital holds in African-American, St. Louis and U.S. history.

Medical Campus Events

Wednesday, February 20

Noon-1:30 p.m.

(Note location change)

Connor Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center 

“Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide”

Presenter: Michelle Whitthaus, program manager, Health Equity Works

St. Louis is among the most segregated regions in the country. Geographically-based housing divisions further inequities for residents who already experience limited access to quality education, job opportunities, health care, retail, transportation, clean air, empowering social networks, and other critical resources. 

This session will cover a brief history of our region’s use of segregation housing policies and practices and provide key recommendations to help rebuild our communities and dismantle our significant divides. Attendees will discuss the policy recommendations in the areas of affordable housing; equitable development and allocation of resources.

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Wednesday, February 20

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Connor Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center 

“The Ordinary Origins of Bias”

Calvin Lai, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences

The Ordinary Origins of Bias Conscious experience provides an immediate, compelling and incomplete account of mental life. Much of how we think and act is shaped by mental activity that occurs outside of conscious awareness or control. Because of that, evaluations of others can be subtly influenced by factors that we do not recognize and may not value. There will be three parts to the session: 1) demonstrations of how incomplete access or control of our minds influences social judgment; 2) examples of how this can translate into racial and gender biases within medicine; and 3) hands-on discussion about practices for preventing bias in everyday situations.

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