Issues and Initiatives

Commission on Institutional History and Community

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.

American Talent Initiative

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.

Strategic Planning

Our university-wide strategic planning process is underway. Our last strategic plan, "A Liberal Arts Education for the 21st Century," began in 2007 and guided the university for nearly a decade. Now we are prepared to envision a new plan that will articulate Washington and Lee's priorities and aspirations for the years to come.

African Americans at Washington and Lee

In August 2013, Washington and Lee President Kenneth P. Ruscio asked a working group to begin examining the role of African Americans in the history of the University. This group began meeting in the fall of 2013 and has developed a preliminary timeline as one of its first projects.

Community Grants Program

The Community Grants program formalizes W&L's role in supporting regional organizations and activities through an accessible grant-making process.