At Webster University, we embrace all human differences while building upon our commonalities as people. Diversity and inclusion initiatives should serve to eliminate discrimination and exclusion based upon the following: race, creed, national origin, religion, color, ethnicity, age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, or military status.

Committed to Social Justice and Racial Equity

There’s a place for everyone at Webster. We believe a diversified community leads to an increase in creativity, decision-making, and an appreciation of different perspectives. From our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council to our working groups and sponsored events, our University is committed to inclusive excellence and prioritizes collaborative initiatives. Each of our efforts are curated to achieve sustainable and significant community-wide transformations.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Statement

For us, diversity and inclusion are more than meeting a goal or focusing on a specific representation with a combination. It involves expressive dialogue and offerings of distinct talent, thought, and inquiry from individuals from various backgrounds. We recognize that diversity and inclusion cultivate academic excellence. Our University also understands the success of each individual strengthens the community.

Our Inclusion Pledge

As a member of the Webster University community,

  • I promise to consciously promote acceptance and demonstrate respect.
  • I will dedicate myself to actively listen to each person’s story.
  • I promise to learn from and embrace differences among identities.
  • I will recognize commonalities and shared experiences.
  • I will practice inclusive language and be open to learning.
  • I promise to educate others to foster an inclusive community that treats every person with dignity and respect.

I will honor this commitment in my classes, workplace, personal life and all other pursuits on and off campus. I pledge to make everyone feel safe, valued and part of our global community #WeAreAllWebster.

Download the Inclusion Pledge (PDF)

Making a Difference

Webster's Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference

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Success by the Numbers

The 2022 DEI Conference included 30 conference presenters including speakers, moderators, and panelists over the course of 12 conference sessions. The conference drew more than 1,900 registered attendees from 21 countries, and 94 different colleges and universities were represented globally. Thank you to our 18 sponsors who allowed the conference to be free to attend.

Attendees to the conference included faculty, staff, students, alumni, corporate partners, and community members from around the St. Louis area. Topics at past conferences have included: hate speech, unconscious bias, gender in the media, how to be a transgender ally, multigenerational workforces, accessibility issues, and immigrant experiences.

Read about our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conferences, including summaries of previous conferences.

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Resilience Inspires Student Excellence (RISE)

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Launched in the summer of 2019, the Resilience Inspires Student Excellence (RISE) program provides educational access and career success for undergraduate BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students by increasing interactions with faculty, staff, and University support systems, and fostering a stronger sense of community.

Webster Speaks Series

In 2020, we launched a speaker series, “Webster Speaks: Dialogues on RACE, EQUITY and INCLUSION.” Since then, it has built an international audience for its frank conversation with local and national leaders advancing these issues.

All Webster Speaks Episodes

Webster's Witnessing Whiteness Program

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, in collaboration with the YWCA, has offered the Witnessing Whiteness program for Webster University’s St. Louis area faculty and staff for three years. Currently in its third cohort, Witnessing Whiteness groups voluntarily come together to do work around racism in a supportive, non-threatening setting. It is about learning to speak about race and racism, exploring white privilege, and practicing allying with sisters and brothers of color. The work of Witnessing Whiteness groups draws on the book “Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It,” by Shelly Tochluk. 

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