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

Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement Tamara Futrell

Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement Tamara Futrell

It is a pleasure to introduce you to The Office of Inclusion and Engagement.  We are 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 Washington and Lee's educational mission, my staff and I seek to foster "harmonious relationships" by providing opportunities for the campus community to enhance its knowledge about issues of diversity and social justice, cultivate and promote an inclusive community and challenge prejudicial attitudes and behaviors that are contradictory to our core values.

The Office of Inclusion and Engagement

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

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

LGBTQ Resources

LGBTQ

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.

Academics

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 Inclusion and Engagement 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.

Accessibility

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

Affordability

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.

Campus Food Pantry

The W&L Campus Food Pantry aims to alleviate food insecurity among students by providing emergency food to those in need. The Food Pantry is open 24 hours a day and when Elrod Commons is open during breaks and holidays.

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.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)

Washington and Lee University is a community that celebrates and honors students from diverse backgrounds. Our University, along with hundreds of other universities across the country , is committed to supporting all students and their academic pursuits regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

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 Inclusion and Engagement in partnership with Alumni Affairs has established a mentoring program that connects current Washington and Lee African-American / Black 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 Inclusion and Engagement as well as various student organizations work to organize programs and events that speak to issues of justice, global citizenship and diversity.

Trainings

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, inclusion and engagement 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.

Diversity & Inclusion Contacts

Associate Dean of Students Tamara Futrell

Tamara Futrell
Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement

Tamara Futrell services as the Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Tamara is responsible for providing leadership and vision for student diversity and inclusion programming, services and initiatives within the division of Students Affairs. She collaborates with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement, The Office of Jewish Life, the LGBTQ Resource Center, religious and spiritual development, first generation programs and campus diversity trainings. She has a passion for working with all parts of campus to create a truly welcoming and inclusive community that provides support for all students. Tamara also acts as an ex-officio member of the University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Clime,, as well as the Dean of the Senior Class.
Director, Office of Inclusion and Engagement

Crasha V. Townsend
Director, Office of Inclusion and Engagement

Crasha Townsend serves as the Director of the Office of Inclusion and Engagement. Her primary role is to provide campus-wide cultural programming and events, while also supporting students in building an inclusive community where they can actively engage. With more than 14 years of professional experience in social and leadership education, Crasha plays a key role on campus in assisting student organizations that span a wide diversity spectrum. Cultural, religious/faith-based, social justice, and gender identity all fall under the OIE umbrella. Crasha works in concert with the Director of Greek Life to provide support for the historically Black Greek Letter Organizations represented on the campus, and serves as an advisor of the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC). She also oversees the Office of Inclusion and Engagement Advisory Board and is a member of the Diversity and First Generation Working Group.
Director of Jewish Life Maggie Shapiro Haskett

Maggie Shapiro Haskett
Director of Jewish Life

Maggie Shapiro Haskett serves as the Director of Jewish Life. In her role, she is responsible for advising Jewish student organizations and developing programming that enhances the Jewish student experience. Maggie serves as a member of the university's campus ministry team, and works collaboratively with many other areas of campus, including the Office of Admissions and the Development Office. She also oversees the day-to-day operation of Hillel House.
University Counselor and LGTBQ Coordinator Rallie Snowden

Rallie Snowden, LCSW
University Counselor and LGTBQ Coordinator

Rallie Snowden serves as the University Counselor and LGTBQ Coordinator. As a licensed clinical social worker, Rallie is part of the University Counseling Center, acts as the LGBTQ Coordinator, and oversees the LGBTQ Resource Center. Arriving to W&L in 2014, Rallie brings the experience of 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 one's own.
Director of Catholic Campus Ministry Chad Baron

Chad Baron
Director of Catholic Campus Ministry

Chad Baron serves as the Director of Catholic Campus Ministry. With a background in youth and young adult ministry, Chad strives to support the spiritual growth and nourishment of the university's students.
Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Jennifer Hagin

Jennifer Hagin
Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Jennifer Hagin serves the Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. For the past 15 years, Jennifer has worked with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowships to support and develop student leaders. She instructs students in personally studying the Bible, engaging with and investigating Christianity, and applying faith to the modern world. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and has a MA in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton College.
Reformed University Fellowship Campus Minister Lewis Lovett

Lewis Lovett
Reformed University Fellowship Campus Minister

Lewis Lovett serves as the Reformed University Fellowship Campus Minister.

Student Contacts

Ayo Ehindero '21

Ayo Ehindero
Head Student Intern

Ayo Ehindero is a Nigerian American, sophomore student from Fort Myers, Florida. Here on campus, Ayo is a Resident Advisor for First Year Students as well as a member of Chi Omega, Reformed University Fellowship, and Co-Chair of Concert Operations for the General's Activity Board. She is excited to continue to explore the 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 not only diversity, but also creating an inclusive campus climate. Ayo is honored to work with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement as the Head Program Assistant to promote the importance of diversity on W&L's campus!
J'ontae

J'ontae "Jay" Smith
Senior Class Student Intern

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.

Ana Estrada Hamm

Ana Estrada Hamm is a Peruvian American from Bentonville, Arkansas. She is a first-year student who intends on majoring in Politics & Computer Science. Ana is looking forward to getting involved on campus anyway she can. She is also looking forward to contributing to the Office of Inclusion of Diversity as a project assistant.

Briyana Mondesir

Briyana Mondesir is a freshman at Washington and Lee University from West Haven, Connecticut. She expects to major in Biology with minors in Poverty Studies and Creative Writing. She is excited to work with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement to help all students feel welcomed and appreciated within this community through different events and workshops. W&L is her home and she is devoted to making sure this is the same for every student who chooses Washington and Lee.

Enuma Anekwe

Enuma Anekwe is a first year student, from Stone Mountain, Georgia, a city about thirty minutes out of Atlanta. Her current plan is to double-major in Psychology and Biology and minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. She is of Nigerian and Haitian descent. When asked to describe herself, Enuma's response was "I would say that I am honest, outspoken, caring and hard-working. My interests include traveling, writing, Jesus and helping others. I consider myself a feminist and especially, an advocate for the disadvantaged. I hope to do wonderful things here at W&L!"

Micah Wilson

Micah Wilson is a sophomore who calls Lincoln, Nebraska home. While he is currently undeclared, Micah plans to double major in Politics and Economics and minor in Philosophy. He is the Vice President of the Xi Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, a Varsity Track and Field athlete, Community Service Chair for SABU, a member of Generals Leadership Academy and a Peer Counselor. He is an extremely outgoing and friendly individual. When Micah is not studying or on the track, you can find him in D-Hall (The Marketplace), doing what he described as "cultivating relationships with the people I see every day." He joined OIE to be in a position to speak up for those who don't have a voice and give back to people who come from a similar background as him.

Noriya Shahadat

Noriya Shahadat is a first-year law student, originally from Harare, Zimbabwe. She obtained her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from a school in Minot, North Dakota. Noriya loves to travel and particularly enjoys the perspective that results from immersing oneself into foreign cultures. She loves the outdoors, and is appreciative of the fact that Lexington and the surrounding areas provide many opportunities to hike and explore nature. Being a first-generation college graduate who faced many obstacles in her pursuit of a higher education, Noriya hopes to offer students at W&L some guidance and positivity to help get through the journey known as college.