Since 2015, members of the Washington University in St. Louis community have dedicated a day in the spring semester to spark conversation, embrace our diversity, and engage across roles and campus locations. While we were unable to meet in person for last years’ Day of Dialogue and Action, an in-person gathering will be planned as more of the community transitions back to campus during the next academic year.

A year like no other

Despite the barriers, this vitally important work did not pause. The university continued to collectively deepen WashU’s culture of dialogue and action. As a community that once gathered for a Day of Dialogue & Action, we continued to collectively deepen WashU’s culture of dialogue and action. Across the Danforth and Medical campuses April 2020 – April 2021, university members hosted more than 500 events that sparked conversation, embraced our incredible diversity, and fostered coordinated action to advance equity and inclusion. We’ve compiled resources from those events and gathered opportunities for individuals to plug into learning, dialogue, and action no matter where they are.

The approach and content has shifted each year to respond to the context, but the spirit holds constant: it is a vital opportunity for meaningful connection as we reflect upon our shared values, lived experiences, and learn how we can continue to build upon our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Education Equity in a New Era

Part of the Brown School’s COVID & Race series

Inclusive Growth in St. Louis: Building an Inclusive Economy

Part of the Social Policy Insitute’s Inclusive Growth Series 

Sprawl Series: White Suburbia

Luminary Arts + The Divided City Initiative Laboratory for Suburbia

Active Inclusion: More Than a Seat at the Table

Your stories

As we transition back to campus over time in the SY2021-22, we will plan an in-person event again. Stay tuned for details. 

In the meantime, the DoDA planning committee sees this temporary pause as an opportunity to hear your stories in a different format — and listen to them with an ear for what there is to learn about co-creating new ways of being, working, and connecting.

What’s been most valuable?

What motivated you?