WUpan deepens commitment to student learning, civic engagement

by Virginia O’Donnell | April 13, 2023 When Sophie Lin, Class of 2026, visited the Missouri History Museum for the first time, the experience deepened her passion for the richness and complexity of St. Louis’ history. Her interest encompasses the city’s points of pride and the problematic patterns, such as systemic racism, that have shaped […]

Dean James McLeod and Aaron Samuels at the 2011 Black Student Awards

Aaron Samuels, BSBA ’11, on the power of collective victory

By Ginger O’Donnell | May 15, 2023 Aaron Samuels defies labels. He is a spoken word artist and a published poet, author of the 2013 collection Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps. He is a corporate strategist who worked at Bain & Co. and an entrepreneur who co-founded and served as chief operating officer of Blavity, the […]

A brief history of ThurtenE Carnival

by Virginia O’Donnell | April 13, 2023 For nearly nine decades, ThurtenE Carnival has served as a late spring occasion for WashU students to let loose. The event is the largest student-run carnival in the United States and includes games, dramatic entertainment, rides, and other forms of amusement.   The tradition harks back to the […]

Washington University celebrates 170 years of educating in St. Louis

In 1853, merchant and state senator Wayman Crow and his pastor, William Greenleaf Eliot Jr., founded Eliot Seminary, which we now know as Washington University in St. Louis. During the 1840s and 50s, waves of immigrants came to St. Louis, boosting the population of the young city. With the newcomers came a need for industrial training […]

Candy heart that says "ME & WU"

WashU love stories: It all started here!

Our alumni gain many amazing experiences from their time at WashU: a top-notch education, close friendships, great leadership opportunities, and maybe even lifelong love? In this most romantic of months, we’re sharing a few “how we met” stories from couples who found each other at WashU and made it far beyond dorm rooms and dining […]

Introducing La Comunidad, WashU’s new Latinx alumni network

by Ginger O’Donnell | February 8, 2023 On Jan. 18, a highly dedicated group of Washington University alumni braved pouring rain to celebrate the launch of La Comunidad, or “the community,” a new alumni network focused on engaging and connecting the university’s Hispanic, Latinx, and Latin American graduates. The event took place in the Women’s […]

WashU Pride Alumni Network reunites on Danforth Campus

In celebration of Pride Month and June Reunion, members of the Washington University Pride Alumni Network (WUpan) enjoyed a happy hour on June 11 that offered pride-themed cookies, drinks, and the chance to mingle with other members of the Washington University LGBTQ+ and ally community. Later this month, the affinity group will also join OUTmed, an LGTBQ+ advocacy […]

Alumni to return for historic three WashU Reunions in 2022

March 14, 2022 Washington University staff and volunteers are busy preparing for the first in-person WashU Reunions in three years. The last time alumni celebrated their reunions on Danforth Campus was spring of 2019. Almost a year later, the arrival of COVID-19 caused the university to pause in-person events, including all alumni reunions, for two […]