Sherree Wilson, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In October 2018, Dr. Wilson joined Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSM) as the inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity &
Inclusion; she is charged with leading, developing and implementing innovative and comprehensive plans that will foster a climate that is welcoming and inclusive for all who learn, teach and visit the campus. Dr. Wilson is serving as the institutional lead for a pilot program through the AAMC, in which the School of Medicine is one of seven participating; the pilot has allowed the WUSM to “test drive” an innovative new tool designed to specifically assess inclusion at medical schools and teaching hospitals. Wilson is currently serving as co-chair of the medical school’s Commission on Equity in Clinical Grading, which is tasked with making recommendations for equitable grading practices for medical students; she is also leading the strategic planning process for diversity, equity and inclusion within the WUSM.
Prior to her position at Washington University in St. Louis, Wilson served as Associate Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine (CCOM) for six years (2012-2016), where she provided leadership, direction, and assessment of diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the College of Medicine. Wilson developed and implemented the 2014-17 Strategic Diversity Roadmap for the CCOM. She also designed a comprehensive culturally sensitive plan for University of Iowa Health Care to train faculty and help health-care personnel provide care that is responsive to patients from varying backgrounds. The implementation and success of the plan was a factor in Forbes magazine naming UI Health Care as the No. 1 employer for diversity in the health-care industry in 2018. While at Iowa, Wilson served as Co-Director of PREP@Iowa, an NIH-funded post-baccalaureate program which supported the CCOM’s goal of advancing inclusive excellence by identifying, recruiting and preparing individuals from populations traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who aspire to PhD or MD/PhD programs. Dr. Wilson’s career in higher education began at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she spent more than 20 years; her positions included Associate Director of the IUPUI Career Center, Acting Director of Professional Development, Director of Multicultural Development, and Special Assistant to the Chancellor. Prior to leaving IUPUI in 2012, Wilson served as Assistant Dean of the Faculties and Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Education. As Assistant Dean of the Faculties, Wilson served as a key team member in IUPUI’s efforts to diversify the school’s faculty and administration. Wilson was one of the co-founders and co-directors of the IUPUI Next Generation Leadership Development program.