In August 2013, Washington and Lee President Kenneth P. Ruscio asked a special working group to begin examining the role of African Americans in the history of the University. This group began meeting in the fall of 2013 and has developed a preliminary timeline as one of its first projects.
The Rector and the President of the University are appointing a Task Force to explore and propose the next stages in the University's approach to residential life. This is an outgrowth of the University's 2007 Strategic Plan, which, among other things, specified improvements and enhancements to first-year residential facilities and programs, and consideration of upper-class alternatives.
As a key component in Washington and Lee's continuing efforts on sustainability, the University has embarked on a comprehensive energy conservation and management program. The Energy Education Program (EEP) is in partnership with Energy Education of Dallas, Tex., whose energy conservation programs have saved more than $2 billion for educational and ministerial organizations.
The Community Grants program formalizes W&L's role in supporting regional organizations and activities through an accessible grant-making process.