Survey now closed: Thank you – and next steps!

Dear School of Medicine community,

Whether you participated in the Task Force on Climate & Culture’s anonymous survey, contributed to focus groups or community discussions, or contacted us directly, we want to express our immense gratitude for your help toward our goal of ensuring that all faculty, staff, students and trainees feel welcomed, safe and valued on campus. Your experiences, perspectives and opinions will help inform our efforts to create a more inclusive environment.

Now that the focus groups, community discussions and survey have ended, we want to let you know of our next steps:

  • WashU’s external consultant, Catalyst, will analyze the results of the confidential survey distributed in June, along with the data gathered through focus groups, community discussions, our anonymous feedback form, previous departmental surveys, and other methods. Task Force members will meet with Catalyst in August and September to review results and begin to formulate recommendations. 
  • The Task Force aims to develop its report by the end of 2023. More information about the timeline and process is available on our homepage.
  • In the meantime, please continue to share your perspective with the Task Force directly, either through this anonymous form or by emailing us at We read every message!  

Thank you again for all you do.

Most sincerely,

Benjamin Garcia, PhD, co-chair
Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

Dineo Khabele, MD, co-chair
Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Renée Shellhaas, MD, MS, administrative director
David T. Blasingame Professor of Neurology and Associate Dean for Faculty Promotions & Career Development