Washington and Lee aspires to be a national model for liberal arts education in the 21st century. Our community of trust and civility, our distinctive curriculum, our commitment to institutional citizenship for the benefit of society, and our beautiful and historic campus, are a potent educational combination.
Issues and Initiatives
In August 2017, President Dudley appointed the Commission on Institutional History and Community to lead W&L students, faculty, staff and alumni in an examination of how our history — and the ways that we teach, discuss and represent it — shapes our community.
Members of the faculty, staff, administration and student body were empaneled in August 2013 to examine the history of African Americans at the university and to create a timeline of that history.
The committee's annual reports focus on Washington and Lee's campus climate, especially with respect to inclusiveness and diversity.
The Community Grants program formalizes W&L's role in supporting regional organizations and activities through an accessible grant-making process.
On Sept. 7, 2017, Washington and Lee joined 68 of the nation's top-performing colleges and universities in an alliance to substantially expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America's undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.
In August 2018, President Dudley announced the creation of a new position for a Director of Institutional History at Washington and Lee. Reporting to the President as part of the administrative cabinet, the inaugural Director of Institutional History will lead the process of envisioning and developing a museum to explore the University's history and its many connections to American history, and to create dynamic educational programming for the campus community and the public.
In 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which created a new excise tax on the endowments of some private colleges and universities, including Washington and Lee.
On Nov. 21, 2016, Washington and Lee joined a group of more than 600 colleges and universities in a call for the United States to uphold and continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program