We Did It!
Thanks to all our generous donors, we made our goal of $10,000 with six days remaining of our fundraiser for the Jackson & Thomas Society. Your astounding support is an endorsement of the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts Webster University continues to put forth. If you have not yet given, we are always in need to make impactful steps in our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Please consider making a gift and help us exceed our goal. In doing so, you join Jackson & Thomas Society members in sending an even stronger message of the importance of Webster University’s commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
Again, thanks for partnering with us in honoring our past and securing our future.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Webster University
Webster University’s history sets us apart from other institutions. Diversity, equity and inclusion are a part of our DNA. The University has always led conversation and action to meet the challenges facing society. Starting as a women's college in 1915, Webster has consistently aided underserved populations with its mission of providing a high-quality and affordable education that transforms students for global citizenship and individual excellence.
Gifts to this fund are used to support a variety of student programs and needs, including scholarship support, study abroad opportunities, as well as the annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference.
Founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, by Sisters of Loretto, a Catholic religious organization, was one of the first Catholic women's colleges west of the Mississippi River. It was progressive for its time, providing higher education to women.
In 1950, Jeannette Mae Jackson and Janet Irene Thomas were the first two African Americans to graduate from Webster University. Jeannette and Janet were the face of Webster’s early emphasis on inclusion. Today, 42,340 African Americans have earned 48,494 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from Webster University.
The Jackson & Thomas Society recognizes Jeannette and Janet and demonstrates our long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We invite Webster University alumni and our friends and colleagues to join the Society and make a gift in support of today’s students.
Learn more at: alumni.webster.edu/JacksonThomasSociety