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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, class, ethnicity, gender, nationality and sexual orientation.

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.

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 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

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, the Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement is responsible for providing leadership and vision for student diversity and inclusion programming, services and initiatives within the division of Students Affairs. Such offices and programs include the Office of Inclusion and Engagement, The Office of Jewish Life, religious and spiritual development, first generation programs and campus diversity trainings. She collaborates with the LGBTQ Coordinator to provide support for students within the community and allies. Serving as an ex-officio member of the University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate, she works closely with the Executive Director of Human Resources and the Associate Provost and contributes to the University’s strategic diversity goals and objectives for faculty and staff. Additionally, the Dean is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and services for the senior class.
Director, Office of Inclusion and Engagement

Crasha V. Townsend
Director, Office of Inclusion and Engagement

The Director assists the Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement with the planning, execution and assessment of campus-wide programs, events and cultural celebrations. She provides support for the cultural, religious, social justice and sexual gender identity student organizations under the OIE umbrella, and works collaboratively with the Director of Greek Life to provide support for the historically Black Greek Letter Organizations represented on the campus.
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 Inclusion and Engagement, work with the Admissions office on recruitment of Jewish students, and the Development Office.
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.
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.
Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Jennifer Hagin

Jennifer Hagin
Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Jennifer has 15 years experience developing student leaders through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She enjoys equipping people to study the Bible for themselves and engaging with hard questions that come up when investigating Christianity and trying to live it out in the modern world. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and has a MA in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton College. For fun she enjoys running, hiking and cooking with friends.

Student Contacts

Ayo Ehindero '21

Ayo Ehindero '21
Head Student Intern

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 Inclusion and Engagement as a Program Assistant to promote the importance of diversity on W&L's campus!
J'ontae

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.