white Allyship in this Moment and Beyond

Organized with Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Council, this conversation is designed for white people in our community to engage in anti-racist work – develop an understanding of white allyship, anti racism, and identifying personal action steps towards justice. 

Speaker Series: Science in a Diverse Society

The Science in a Diverse Society Speaker Series offers informal conversations with experts in research on topics relating to questions of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. These conversations offer accessible discussions to explore important issues such as “We’re All Biased. Now What?” and “‘Race’ or ‘Ethnicity’ – What’s the Difference?”.

Part 1: Are We Really Genetically Different Based on Race?
A transdisciplinary conversation on race and research with geneticist Dr. Alan Templeton, the Charles Rebstock Professor Emeritus of Biology and Statistical Genomics.

Part 2: We’re All Biased. Now What?
A transdisciplinary conversation about racial bias and research with Dr. Calvin Lai, Assistant Professor for Psychological & Brain Sciences and the Director of Research for Project Implicit.

Part 3: “Race” or “Ethnicity” – What’s the Difference, and Does It Matter?
A transdisciplinary conversation on race, ethnicity, and research with Dr. Sean Joe, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and Associate Dean for Faculty and Research.

Part 4: From THEM to US – Racial Attitudes in the Age of Immigration
A transdisciplinary conversation about racial attitudes on immigration with Dr. Ariela Schachter, Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Part 5: Destined for Prison? How Schools Funnel Children of Color into Incarceration
A transdisciplinary conversation about the school-to-prison pipeline and discipline in the American education system with Dr. Odis Johnson, Professor of Education and Sociology and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity.

Part 6: The Counternarrative to American Masculinity: Intersection of Sexuality and Disability 
A transdisciplinary conversation about American masculinity and its intersections with sexuality and disability throughout its development with Dr. Cynthia Barounis, Lecturer in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Diversity Coffee Hours across schools

GPAC is excited to engage with communities within the university. Our outreach focuses on sharing experiences and hearing your perspectives and priorities. We are always interested to hear from you and what you would like to see happen.

Past Coffee Hours:
Brown School (Nov 21, 2019)
Medical School (Dec 3, 2019)
Olin Business School (Feb 24, 2020)

Would you like to co-host a Diversity Coffee Hour event with your school, department or student group? Let us know at GPAC@wustl.edu.

Visit to the Griot Museum of Black History & Culture

GPAC hosted WashU graduate and professional students to visit the Griot Museum of Black History & Culture in St. Louis and learn about the region’s rich and enduring African-American heritage.

The Griot Museum offers a permanent collection of life-size wax figures, art, artifacts and memorabilia to collect, preserve and share stories, culture and history. Learn more at: thegriotmuseum.com.

Snacks in the City

GPAC celebrates the diversity of our students, as well as diversity in our community. Our Snacks in the City events encourage students to explore elements of St. Louis they may not be familiar with. We provide the snacks, you bring the conversation.

Our November 14th event highlighted Indian and Pakistani cuisine at Masala on the Delmar Loop.

2019 Diversity Happy Hour Banner - Thursday, September 19, 5:30-7:30pm in DUC 150

4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

Held annually since 2016, the Graduate & Professional Student Diversity Happy Hour is organized by GPAC and hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The Diversity Happy Hour offers opportunities for graduate and professional students across Washington University to connect and build collaborative relationships with fellow change agents across the university.

4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

Photos from the 4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

4th Annual Diversity Happy Hour

Power to the People, People to the Polls Vote Drive

On Election Day 2018 GPAC, along with the Washington University Graduate Student Senate and Student Union, collaborated with the A. Philip Randolph Institute of St. Louis to help St. Louis voters overcome transportation barriers that would have hindered them from casting a ballot. In addition to hosting a training session on structural obstacles to voting and voting rights protections, GPAC organized a group of student, staff and community volunteers to offer free rides to St. Louis voters as part of the Souls to the Polls program at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.