In 2023, the Executive Faculty Task Force on Climate & Culture developed a set of recommendations to foster a more inclusive climate and culture at Washington University School of Medicine.

These recommendations are intended to help build and sustain a culture where everyone is safe, supported and welcome, with trust, communication, and fair processes emphasized as key areas of focus. The Implementation Task Force sets priorities for moving forward with the recommendations and is overseeing their implementation. 

Implementation status

Updated June 7, 2024

COMPLETE

Develop system for exit surveys when employees leave to proactively address issues with climate and culture

COMPLETE

Hire assistant deans to implement a comprehensive faculty leadership program

COMPLETE

Simplify structure for reporting unprofessional and inappropriate behavior

IN PROGRESS

Update the faculty parental leave policy so it is consistently applied across WashU Medicine

IN PROGRESS

Expedite development of a coaching program for faculty

IN PROGRESS

Hire an on-campus ombuds for graduate students to address student concerns

IN PROGRESS

Enhance training on retaliation

IN PROGRESS

Create flowcharts to depict ways to report incidents of concern and show what happens after a report is made

IN PROGRESS

Develop a policy regarding alcohol consumption in research laboratories and during WashU Medicine activities

UP NEXT

Select and regularly deploy a Climate Survey for WashU Medicine

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Latest Update

Progress on Climate & Culture implementation

The Implementation Task Force has met monthly since January to begin prioritizing and implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate & Culture. Three of these recommendations have been implemented to date, and several others are in process.