Increasing Opportunity Throughout the Student Life Cycle

OCTOBER 28, 2021 | 9:50-10:20

Presented By:

Elemuelle Harris, Vincent Flewellen, Joanna Finch

Session Description:

We must eliminate equity gaps in higher education to truly serve college students well. And when students thrive communities’ benefit. Webster University is committed to closing the equity gap and investing in the future of our students, especially in our region.

We believe a diversified community leads to an increase in creativity, decision‐making, and an appreciation of different perspectives. Through all our work Webster University shows its commitment consistently to DEI and prioritizes collaborative initiatives. It takes an entire team and we show our commitment from before our students enroll, all the way through to graduation and beyond.

This year we named an Associate Director of Diversity Recruitment to provide staff dedicated to increasing the diversity of our on‐campus student population. He will ensure that early in the recruitment cycle Webster University will be onsite throughout the St. Louis North County and St. Louis City school districts by hosting office hours in each of the schools that are looking for increased assistance in the areas of financial aid, finding the right fit, and helping parents navigate the collegiate waters.

Once enrolled and on campus our entire faculty and staff are here to provide many support services to our students. Some notable items we will discuss: 

  • a designated house of diversity for students
  • increasing our resources in an academic and social support program called RISE (Resilience Inspires Student Excellence)
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference
  • Webster Speaks our bi‐weekly online virtual speaker series
  • Alumni Mentorship Program

The work of diversity must be intentional and that is exactly what Webster University is all about, making the work in this area first and foremost in the minds of our staff, faculty, and students. It takes everyone!

Video & Transcript:

Elemuelle Harris

Associate Director of Diversity Recruitment

Webster University

Vincent Flewellen

Chief Diversity Officer

Webster University

Joanna Finch

Director of Admissions

Webster University