The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis is committed to advancing inclusion, representation and diversity.

Our community represents different races, cultures, philosophies, disabilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, geography, genders and sexual orientations. We believe that full representation from our community contributes to innovation, enhanced education, engagement, excellence and meaning in all our pursuits. We aim to ensure that our students, faculty and staff are not being penalized by any form of discrimination and racism. We strive to confront widespread and systemic inequalities and biases by considering its causes, defining steps to address its impact in our community and globally.

School Goals & Initiatives

  • Create and maintain a culture that integrates and advances diversity throughout all levels of the school — from people, initiatives and ideas to policies, curriculum and beyond
  • Become a national higher education leader in embracing and supporting a diverse, open and inclusive environment
  • Ensure that all members of our community are able to achieve their full professional and academic potential
  • Emphasize diversity when recruiting faculty, staff and students
  • Support student organizations' diversity initiatives

Meet the Director of Diversity

Jon Silva, associate professor of biomedical engineering, was named the new Director of Diversity this past summer. In this role, he'll oversee a committee of faculty, staff and students working together to ensure all members of our community are fully engaged in the educational, research and broader aspects of department and University life. Contact him at jonsilva@wustl.edu