The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides support and programming for Multicultural, Religious, LGBTQ and Internation Life at Washington and Lee, and is located in the Elrod Commons, Room 243.
Facilities and Resources
Casa Hispánica is a themed residence for upper-division students interested in communicating in Spanish and enhancing their knowledge of the numerous and different Hispanic cultures. Both inside and outside the house, Casa residents share meals and activities related to the Hispanic world.
The mission of the Washington and Lee University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Resource Center is to affirm the existence and development of LGBTQ individuals at W&L, and to support a strong and welcoming community among them and allies within the larger institution.
The Global Service House is an upper-division themed residence that provides a focus for internationalism, a locale for increased cross-cultural engagement, and a visible home for service activity at the University.
The 7,000 square foot LEED-certified Hillel House opened in September 2010. The facility includes the E Café, a Kosher dairy dining facility with indoor and outdoor seating, a sanctuary/multipurpose room, free student Wi-Fi, comfortable study spaces, a lounge area with cable television and state-of-the-art meeting spaces.
The Interfaith office is located in the Hillel House on the second floor. The office has resources about different world religions and is open to anyone of any religion. It also provides a place for students to meet with their faith leaders and a place for students to meet with other students of different religions.
The Chavis House is a University owned and maintained theme house for upper-division students. It is named for Washington and Lee University's first African American student, Rev. John Chavis. The common space in the Chavis House is considered open university space and is a central congregating point for many of the African American community.
The ODI Resource Room is located in Room 339 of the Commons. The Resource Room offers books, videos and other educational materials about all aspects of diversity and includes ethnic cultures, religions, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sacred Space is a dedicated and consecrated room set aside for prayer, contemplation, and meditation, located in Leyburn Library 218. It is available for individuals during regular library hours, and may be reserved in advance for small group gatherings.
The Safe Space network is made up of University faculty, staff, and students who are committed to being allies of the GLBTQ community. Its purpose is to provide anyone from the GLBTQ community with "safe spaces" around our campus.