Provost’s Statement on Diversity

Universities excel when we attract talent and create an environment where that talent thrives.  Universities create knowledge and ideas, and better ideas and decisions come from groups of people with different backgrounds and experiences.

For these reasons, it is a key objective of higher education to attract and nurture students, staff and faculty that reflect the served populations and bring the different backgrounds needed to make the world more prosperous and equitable.

Washington University welcomes difference on our campus in the form of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, neurodiversity, geography, socioeconomic status, age, political views, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status.  We seek to bring these different backgrounds and perspectives to the great problems facing the world. These are not just ideals; they are competitive advantages to universities who strive to achieve them.

Enhancing diversity at Washington University is the top strategic goal approved by the Board of Trustees and a large part of the mandate of the Office of the Provost.  While Vice Provost Adrienne Davis and I are focused on these goals, our success requires that our entire community embrace our objectives of equity and inclusion.

I hope you will take the time to learn about our programs and goals from this website, and I look forward to working with you to create an inspiring future for Washington University.


Holden Thorp
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Professor of Chemistry and Medicine