The Diversity and Inclusion Forum for Faculty and Staff (DIFFS) began as the Multicultural Faculty and Staff Association (MFSA) in 2007 by Naomi Daradar Sigg, Ashley Scott and Ameet Thaker. The MFSA was founded based on the need for community, visibility, learning, mentoring, recruitment and retention of multicultural faculty and staff. As a new assembly, MFSA garnered support from the Chancellor’s Office, the College of Arts & Sciences, Human Resources and Campus Life.

In 2011, MFSA restructured to become the Diversity and Inclusion Forum for Faculty and Staff at Washington University. Today, DIFFS continues to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to meet and learn. We encourage you to attend one of our events and meet others with an interest in diversity and inclusion on our campus. We seek not only membership but also active participation to ensure the sustainability, institutionalization and productivity of DIFFS in the Washington University community.

DIFFS hosts monthly steering committee meetings, bimonthly general body meetings, and other social and education events open to its membership.

Major Accomplishments


  • Cortex Innovation Communities Tour & Luncheon 2017-2018
  • First University Staff Ombudsman – 2015
  • Danforth Staff Council – 2016
  • You Behind Wash U – 2015-2017
  • Co-Worker Appreciation Week – 2014-2017
  • Gather at the Table – 2013
  • Annual Family BB Que – 2013-2018
  • Other (more)