Issues and Initiatives

Strategic Plan

The University's current Strategic Plan was adopted by the Board of Trustees in May 2018. The plan calls for the university to create a more diverse and inclusive community, to build upon and strengthen W&L's distinctive curricular structure, to continue to emphasize the institution's historic goal of cultivating engaged citizenship, and to develop several new facilities while enhancing existing ones in support of the university's mission.

Diversity and Inclusion

Creating a more diverse community at W&L is essential to fulfilling our stated mission of preparing students for personal achievement, responsible leadership, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society. The 21st century calls upon all of us to appreciate the value of diverse experiences, and to discover and create ways to draw upon our differences for the common good.

Institutional History

At this particular moment, we have an opportunity to set a national example for how an educational institution examines, teaches, and presents its history. We will do so honestly and thoughtfully, for the benefit of the present and future members of our community, as well as the citizens of our country.

Community Engagement

The cultivation of engaged citizenship is essential to our mission. We aim to help students become not only personally successful, but also thoughtful difference-makers in their communities. Washington and Lee asks no less of itself institutionally.