Led by two chairs, the Working Groups are each responsible for producing a report on their assigned topic.

The topics chosen for the working groups are areas that run through the life at the university, regardless of school or department. The topics can be found in the menu to the right, and you are invited to explore the different working groups and their charges.

The recommendations will be rooted in and flow from the five Guiding Principles:

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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)

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Global Perspective

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Community Impact

Academic Distinction

These Guiding Principles are so important to the future growth of the university, that having one working group to address these topics would be insufficient. Instead, these principles need to infuse every aspect of our strategic plan for Washington University to move forward. This is why every working group is charged to fully investigate these topics within their assigned area.

This way, there will not be one group looking at Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access; there will be nine. There will not be one report on Community Impact; Community Impact will be addressed in all nine reports. We hope that this approach will let us examine these five attributes from a variety of viewpoints and will ultimately allow us to make deep and substantive growth across all areas.

Working Group membership

The working groups are comprised of WashU and local community members from a variety of backgrounds, roles, and areas of expertise, including:

  • WashU Faculty
  • WashU Undergraduate Students
  • Trustees
  • WashU Staff
  • Local Community Members
  • WashU Graduate Students
  • Alumni

New members may be added to the working groups throughout the strategic planning process, as new issues arise and new perspectives are required. This way, the working groups can continue to be responsive to the discovery and exploration process.


Or want to share your thoughts?

Feel free to reach out to us through the feedback form. We appreciate hearing from all members of our community as we work through our strategic plan.