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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are greater when we are equal



The diversity, equity, and inclusion committee of the department of mathematics and statistics aims to foster a welcoming and inclusive community in which all members of our department feel respected and supported for their individuality.  Our efforts address factors including race, color, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, ability, religion and socioeconomic background. 

The committee organizes informational and training events, presents at department gatherings and orientations, and provides resources related to diversity, equity, inclusion issues. We will also meet with similar committees in other departments to coordinate across campus and facilitate to establish best practices. We work intentionally to create a vibrant climate of inclusiveness and support our members’ access to our activities to most effectively engage everyone in our society. 



Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Members

The DEI committee includes representatives from the tenured and non-tenured faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. 


Current committee members include: 


Rachel Roberts (Faculty, Chair)
Cristina Sabando Alvarez (Graduate Student)

Karl Schaefer (Faculty)
Sanah Suri (Graduate Student)

Fiona Vaughn (Staff)
Joel Villatoro (Postdoc)


Center of Math Alliance


Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a center partner of Math Alliance ( ). We are committed to increase the number of members in the mathematical and statistical sciences among groups that have been traditionally underrepresented.


Recent Events

Together with the Biology Inclusion Committee, the Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the DEI committees in the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Planetary Sciences, we co-hosted a webinar by Neurodiversity in the Workplace ( on Tuesday, April 6 from 3-4pm.

The following topics were discussed:

-Defining neurodiversity and neurodivergence

-How to be an ally on campus and beyond

-Benefits of a neurodiverse workforce

-How to be an inclusive employer

-Working on a neurodiverse team

The recorded zoom training can be accessed here.


Educational Materials

Find a selection of articles and information about gender bias in the sciences, the power of diversity, and more.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Educational Materials


  • WashU Cares

    WashU Cares assists the university in handling situations involving the safety and well-being of Danforth Campus students, including online reporting.

  • SafeZones

    Undergraduate SafeZones is a peer facilitation group that educates and fosters discussion around LGBTQIA* issues in order to promote the development of a more open and inclusive university community.

  • Uncle Joe's Peer Counseling Resource Center

    Uncle Joe's offers highly trained peer counselors for undergraduates.

  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion

    Enhancing WashU's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

  • AMS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

    Promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the mathematical sciences

  • ASA Committee on Minorities in Statistics

    To foster participation in statistics and data science by members of minority groups that have been historically underrepresented in the field of statistics

  • AMSSTAT News

    The Membership Magazine of the American Statistical Association

  • Joint Post-Baccalaureate Program

    The JPP in Mathematics, Physics, and Earth and Planetary Sciences is designed to prepare exceptional individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree in any one of these or related fields to make the transition to graduate school to pursue the Ph.D.