Welcome All

W&L students are engaged citizens of a global and diverse community.

Associate Dean of Students Tamara Futrell

Associate Dean of Students Tamara Futrell

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  My office is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and supportive atmosphere as students integrate into the educational, cultural and social environment of the University. In concert with the Washington and Lee's educational mission, my staff and I seek to foster "harmonious relationships" by providing opportunities for the campus community to heighten its awareness, embrace diversity and to prevent prejudicial attitudes and behaviors that are contradictory to our core values.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Understanding that diversity strengthens the academic enterprise, the University commits itself to welcoming and nurturing all members of the community. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports the University mission by identifying and implementing initiatives to achieve an increased minority presence at the University and a more inclusive community. Additionally, the ODI attempts to act as a catalyst for all students wishing to explore critical issues on campus related to race, class, ethnicity, gender, nationality and sexual orientation.

LGBTQ Resources


The LGBTQ Resource Center supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning students through peer counseling, programming, education and advocacy, and students can participate in several LGBTQ campus organizations which also offer programming, support and education.

Religious Life

Religious Life

While Washington and Lee University is a non-sectarian institution, we realize that spirituality is a part of a student's holistic development. We provide programs, resources and spaces for all students to learn, grow, and explore.


The academic life at Washington and Lee is defined by diversity. What, after all, does one study at a liberal arts college, but difference? The point is to engage difference and learn through that experience. The faculty at Washington and Lee place supreme value on the free and respectful exchange of knowledge, ideas, and thought, whether that takes place in the classroom, the laboratory, the lecture hall, or the many crucial exchanges that happen in the hallways and walkways of a great university.

Center for International Education

International Education

International students are jointly supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for International Education, which assists with the transition to life in the U.S., helping students attain Visas, prepare tax returns and find a host family for their time in Lexington. There are a number of international student organizations on campus, open to all students, which focus on global awareness and cultural exchange. Students who are interested in global learning and service learning are eligible to live in the University's Global Service House, a theme house that sponsors international- and service-based events throughout the year.


Washington and Lee University is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities. The University is also committed to ensuring that all individuals have access to information and information technology associated with administration and services, courses of instruction, departmental programs and University-sponsored events.

The Questbridge Scholarship

Admissions and Recruitment

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is committed to recruiting and enrolling students with diverse backgrounds and interests by engaging with high schools and community-based organizations around the world, as a dedicated QuestBridge partner, and by providing an immersive look at student life with the Diversity & Inclusion Visit Experience (DIVE).

The Angel Fund

The Student Affairs Angel Fund provides discretionary funds for use in the case of extreme emergencies that result in students' needing financial support. Examples of events that may qualify for such emergency fund are the major loss of personal property as the result of a fire or flood, death or severe illness of a member of the immediate family that may result in travel requirements, or sudden loss of parental support as the result of a major natural disaster.

The W&L Promise


The W&L Promise is part of Washington and Lee's strategic initiative to make the distinctive W&L experience affordable to qualified students. Washington and Lee always meets the full demonstrated financial need for any admitted student using a combination of grants, scholarships, and student employment, regardless of the family level of income.

First Generation Students

Washington and Lee University is committed to ensuring the success of our students who are first in their family to attend college. We are here to assist you and answer any questions you may have regarding the application process, financial aid, academics, and social life.

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Our student organizations ensure that W&L has a global perspective. Through participation in student organizations, students can build community, engage in social justice, develop leadership skills, and become holistic learners.

Alumni Mentorship

Mentorship has been found to be one of the most personally and professionally rewarding relationships a college student can have. The support, guidance and advice a mentor can provide a mentee as they navigate the  university environment and prepare for life beyond an institution is invaluable. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with Alumni Affairs has established a mentoring program that connects current Washington and Lee Black / African-American students with alumni. Learn more about this program and apply to serve as a mentor.

Black Greek Organizations

Black Greek Life

Since their inception in the early 20th century, Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations have enhanced the lives of African American students in higher education. Founded on the principles of service, brotherhood and sisterhood and scholarship, these organizations have developed some of the world's greatest leaders, who are committed to developing their communities and making the world a better place.

Programs and Events

Programs and Events

W&L's commitment to diversity is operationalized through intentional programming. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion as well as various student organizations work to organize programs and events that speak to issues of justice, global citizenship and diversity.


Understanding that knowledge is power, W&L offers myriad trainings that empower students, faculty and staff to create inclusive environments and lead important discussions surrounding race, class and gender, in and out of the classroom.

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development offers a wide range of support services to guide students in self-assessment leading to decisions for postgraduate pursuits, and planning experiences and coursework to support those decisions. This office also helps students prepare by assisting with professional documents, networking, internship and employment searches and interview practice.

Task Forces and Committees

At W&L, diversity and inclusion is a community effort. Various committees and task forces of faculty, staff, and students come together regularly to discuss issues relating to diversity, equity, and social justice and to create innovative solutions to building an inclusive campus climate.

Staff Contacts

Associate Dean of Students Tamara Futrell

Tamara Futrell
Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Seniors

The Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Seniors assists the Associate Dean of Students and Dean for First-Year Experience and the Center for International Education in orienting students to W&L, and is the key student affairs contact for diversity initiatives. In addition to serving as an advisor to several student organizations, the Associate Dean provides personal Counseling and advising to individuals and is a liaison to other university and community resources.
University Counselor and LGTBQ Coordinator Rallie Snowden

Rallie Snowden, LCSW
University Counselor and LGTBQ Coordinator

Rallie Snowden is a licensed clinical social worker who joined the University Counseling Center in early 2014. Her prior experiences include running her own private practice, performing critical incident stress debriefings, and working as a Clinical Supervisor for an intensive in-home agency. Her professional interests include social justice, LGBTQ issues, and the process of coming into ones own. In addition to being a part of the Counseling Center, she is also the LGBTQ Coordinator for the university.
Director of Jewish Life Maggie Shapiro Haskett

Maggie Shapiro Haskett
Director of Jewish Life

Margaret (Maggie) Shapiro Haskett serves as a member of the Student Affairs professional staff and is responsible for advising Jewish student organizations and developing programming that enhances the Jewish student experience. In addition, Maggie oversees the day-to-day operation of the Hillel House. Maggie serves as a member of the university's campus ministry team under the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, work with the Admissions office on recruitment of Jewish students, and the Development Office.
Reformed University Fellowship Campus Minister Lewis Lovett

Lewis Lovett
Reformed University Fellowship Campus Minister

Lewis and his wife, Maggie (W&L Class of '07) have lived in Lexington since May of 2015. Lewis is a graduate of Wofford College and Covenant Theological Seminary. The Lovetts have three daughters: Ellie Kate (5), Ruthie (4), and Caroline (1). When they're not spending time with college students, the Lovetts enjoy playing in the mountains and enjoying good food with good friends! They love living back in Lexington where Lewis and Maggie got married in Lee Chapel in 2008.

Student Contacts

Faith E. Pinho '18, Head Student Intern

Faith E. Pinho '18
Head Student Intern

Senior Faith E. Pinho studies journalism and politics at W&L and serves as the head intern of the Office of Diversity of Inclusion. In her role, she coordinated Diversity Day events, initiated Black History Month celebrations, hosted the Parents and Family Weekend Multicultural Dinner and Fashion Show, acted as liaison among religious groups on campus and more. Faith spent her junior year studying at King's College London. She participated in Washington Term during her sophomore year spring term and visited the southern coast of Ghana for an African Politics course during her first-year spring term. Faith loves learning about different cultures, connecting with people and sharing the beauty of diversity with others.
Lily Arnold '18

Lily Arnold '18

Lily Arnold is a senior majoring in strategic communications and Chinese language. She is studying abroad in the fall of 2018, but will return for winter term to serve as Cross-Country and Track and Field team captain. She is also involved with Alpha Delta Pi sorority and enjoys watching Netflix, hiking and music. Lily is available to help answer questions about the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or about the university in general.
JoAnn Michel '18

JoAnn Michel '18

JoAnn Michel '18 is a French major and creative writing minor from Alexandria, Virginia. She currently serves as president of the Francophone Student Organization and is also a member of W&L's Quest Scholars chapter, the Student Association for Black Unity and the University Singers. Off campus, JoAnn works as a college admissions mentor for the Prepory Coaching Group and as a mentor to the young women of the Bright Resilient Youth Committed to Enrichment (BRYCE) Project, a community service project in her hometown. As for personal interests, JoAnn enjoys playing music, cooking, running and traveling. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school in order to continue her French and literature studies in a new capacity.
Julia Habiger '21

Julia Habiger '21

Julia Habiger is a first-year student from Columbia, Maryland, and she is excited to work as a program assistant this school year in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She plans to major in Geology and Environmental Studies, and she is involved with campus kitchen, SAIL, Citizen's Climate Lobby and the Climbing Club. She is looking forward to getting more involved in the W&L community and working to make campus an inclusive, diverse, cultural space.
Ayo Ehindero '21

Ayo Ehindero '21

Ayo Ehindero is Nigerian American First-Year student from Fort Myers, Florida. In her short time here, she has become secretary of African Society as well as a member of RUF. She is excited to explore her endless possibilities offered at W&L through study abroad, a wide variety of classes, and extracurricular activities. She understands that since we live in a global world, heterogeneous with different backgrounds and cultures, it is imperative that we prioritize the importance of diversity. Though an undeclared major, Ayo hopes to become a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and enjoys working with children, singing, and volunteering whenever she can. Ayo is honored to work with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a Program Assistant to promote the importance of diversity on W&L's campus!

J'ontae "Jay" Smith '19

J'ontae "Jay" Smith hails from Williamsburg, Va. He is a third-year transfer student from Richard Bland College majoring in English. He's excited to join the ODI team to continue to expound the customs and intellectual ideologies that the W&L community values.