Last semester, Student Union and S.A.R.A.H. announced “It’s On Us, Wash U,” a campaign designed to spark conversation about sexual assault at Wash U and pledge to improve our campus culture. This campaign is a part of the national It’s On Us campaign sponsored by the White House.

If you haven’t already, make sure to watch the It’s On Us, Wash U video featuring student leaders and administrators. Click above.

Awareness of these issues is not a one time event, but a continued conversation about creating a campus culture where sexual assault is not tolerated and survivors are supported. To continue the conversation, Student Union and S.A.R.A.H. are marking tomorrow, March 3rd, as the It’s On Us, Wash U Day of Action. We are hosting a series of events to  engage and learn about these issues:

Green_Dot_Digital_16_921Throughout the day, we will also be posting Green Dot photos and posters on the SU Website and Facebook. We encourage you to take this opportunity to reflect on theses issues, promote dialogue with your peers, and take the pledge to end sexual assault at Wash U. “It’s On Us” invites everyone to step up and realize the solution begins with us. 

Sexual assault and rape on college campuses will not end with this campaign or bystander intervention alone. It is important to have continual discussions about theses issues, even after tomorrow. For more information, please see the attached resource sheet for definitions, contact information, and ways to get involved.  

For more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or S.A.R.A.H at  and for support please contact Kim Webb, Director for Sexual Assault and Community Health Services at

-Emma Tyler, Student Body President

Important Contacts:
• Kim Webb –, (314) 935-8761
• Chief Don Strom – (314) 935-5514, for WUPD call (314) 935-5555
• Jessica Kennedy –, (314) 935-3118
• Sexual Assault & Rape Anonymous Helpline (S.A.R.A.H.) – (314) 935-8080

For more information, visit

Video by Brian F. Benton,, brought to you by WU Student Union

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Tuesday, February 24 marked the kickoff for the Ellevate Speaker Series. Ellevate, previously known as 85 Broads, is a global professional woman’s network that is dedicated to the investment and engagement of women in business. President Liza Seiden, along with Vice Presidents Emily Pipes and Carly Krasnoff, founded the Washington University Ellevate Chapter this year.

A group of actively engaged women gathered to hear Kelly Ainsworth, Strategic and Counterparty Risk Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors, share her professional development timeline and advice.

Kelly earned her undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Michigan. She earned her JD/MBA  at WashU. Despite little experience in the field, Kelly went to work in IT, an industry that is highly male dominated. In 2008, she moved into financial services, even without a background in finance.

With a diverse career storyline, Kelly explained that she never felt the glass ceiling restriction. She successfully built her own brand and developed negotiation techniques through a strong story and knowledge of her worth. Kelly emphasized that the most important aspect in advancement is to believe in yourself. No matter what happens, there is always a learning experience. Failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Kelly left us with six keys to success:

  1. Learn to network, and realize that it is for mutual benefit.
  2. You don’t have to have the answer; you just have to have the ability to find one.
  3. Have a plan, but be flexible. The plan will change, and you may be offered something you’ve never contemplated before.
  4. Success is not linear.
  5. Feedback is important to receive and give; it is a gift.
  6. Believe in yourself and stay true to who you want to be.

This wisdom is extremely helpful in empowering and building confidence in students. Many worry about the uncertainty of the future. While it is great to have an idea about where you’re going, it’s acceptable to change your mind along the way.


Maxine Clark

We want to thank the WashU Ellevate group for inviting Kelly Ainsworth to speak. Be sure to look out for the next speaker in the Series; Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, will be coming in on Tuesday, March 31st at 5:30 pm in Bauer Hall 210 N.

Group Photo by Margaret Muir.

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The St. Louis Business Journal’s cover story Feb. 27 features Cultivation Capital, a venture capital firm powered by several Olin and WashU alumni who are making deals that are fueling the startup revolution in St. Louis. Under the headline: “In the Money: Cultivation Capital commits nearly $100 million to startups,” you will find these alumni among the partners of Cultivation Capital: Cliff Holekamp, MBA’01 and Olin senior lecturer in Entrepreneurship; Rick Holton Jr., MBA’04; Jim McKelvey Jr., AB & BSCS’87; and Kasey Joyce Grelle, MBA’14.

Photo: The St. Louis Business Journal


The Chronicle of Higher Education delves into WashU’s admissions policies, Pell Grants history, and commitment to diversity in an article and video interview with Provost Holden Thorp. The article, “A Distinction Washington U. Wants to Lose: Least Economically Diverse” includes interviews with students and the Provost who says, “We have an obligation to do what we can to address the persistent inequality that plagues America.”

Watch video with Provost Thorp here.

WUSTL Newsroom release on University’s commitment to socio-economic diversity, affordability.


After two years of research, bench marking, and review, it was announced at yesterday’s BSBA Undergraduate Town Hall Meeting that new and exciting changes are coming to the BSBA Undergraduate Curriculum. Dean Steve Malter and Professor Bill Bottom led the meeting to share the enhancements that will impact the Class of 2017, Class of 2018, and beyond.

BSBAFaculty, program staff, and students were all involved in the process, which includes enhancements to the Professional Core requirements, majors and minors, and how we approach advising.

The Class of 2017 and the Class of 2018 were invited to the open forum regarding the enhancements that will impact their degree requirements. Students who weren’t able to make it to the Town Hall Meeting are encouraged to meet with their advisor to learn how these enhancements may impact their specific degree requirements.

Link to BSBA website.

Link to Student Life story.