The Executive Faculty Task Force on Climate & Culture aimed to provide as many opportunities as possible to get input from the School of Medicine community. Special thanks to the numerous people who engaged with the Task Force and provided thoughtful comments, and to the community discussion facilitators who planned, facilitated and summarized the discussion sessions using a restorative justice approach to acknowledge harm and support healing.

Though the Task Force has completed the first phase with delivery of its findings and recommendations, we encourage continued use of the anonymous form to share feedback on the school culture and the work of the Implementation Task Force. We also can be reached via email at

Community Discussion Sessions: March – May 2023

Thank you for your input! All community discussion sessions are complete. If you would like to provide additional feedback to the Task Force, please email, or complete the anonymous feedback form.

The Task Force established a series of community discussion sessions led by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. These community discussion sessions were meant to provide space for people to come together and reflect on our culture and climate.

Sessions were facilitated by staff of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as well as members of the volunteer Restorative Justice in Academic Medicine team and Equity Champions program, using a restorative justice approach to acknowledge harm and support healing. Discussion themes (but not specific case details or personal identifiers) will be summarized and reported to the Task Force.

Session participation

As these will be discussions where everyone shares their personal experiences and stories, we expect everyone to have the ability to turn on their camera and microphone to engage with the questions by facilitators and stories from fellow attendees. We recommend that attendees join the Zoom call from a location with some privacy.

You may notice that we ask a question about gender identity in the event registration. During our sessions we will go to breakout rooms to provide space for shared identity groups. For the purposes of these listening sessions, we are providing separate spaces for people who identify as (1) men and (2) women and gender diverse (including people who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender non-conforming). Depending on the number of registrants, identities of registrants, and available facilitators, we may create more shared identity small groups in the session. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with additional details. For more information about LGBTQIA+ terminology, please see the LGBTQIA+ Glossary of Terms for Health Care Teams.

Session dates

  • Master’s and PhD Student Session
    Tuesday, March 21, 5 – 6 p.m. on Zoom
  • Postdoctoral Scholar and Associate Session
    Thursday, March 23, 8 – 9 a.m. on Zoom
  • Student Session
    Tuesday, March 28, 5 – 6 p.m. on Zoom
  • Resident and Fellow Session
    Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • Staff: Support/Services Session
    Tuesday, May 2, 12 – 1 p.m. on Zoom
  • Staff: Professional Session
    Thursday, May 4, 12 – 1 p.m. on Zoom
  • Staff: Managerial Session
    Tuesday, May 9, 12 – 1 p.m. on Zoom
  • Faculty: Instructor and Assistant Professor Session
    Tuesday, May 23, 12 – 1 p.m. on Zoom
  • Faculty: Associate and Full Professor Session
    Thursday, May 25, 12 – 1 p.m. on Zoom
Catalyst Inclusion Survey: June 2023

The Catalyst surveyed closed on June 22, 2023. If you would like to provide additional feedback to the Task Force, please email, or complete the anonymous feedback form.

To better understand inclusion at WashU, the WashU Medicine Executive Faculty Task Force on Climate and Culture wants and needs your input. On June 1, 2023, all faculty, staff, students and trainees received an email invitation to participate in a schoolwide survey. Your honest feedback is crucial for the Task Force to learn what aspects of the WashU Medicine culture are strong, and where we need to focus our efforts for improvement.

The survey is developed and administered by WashU’s external consultant, Catalyst, and is called the Catalyst Inclusion Accelerator survey. The proprietary survey is focused on inclusion in the workplace and has been administered to hundreds of large organizations around the world.

Your participation matters

  • Change begins with each of us; your honest, open feedback will inform our recommendations to improve and sustain a culture of safety and inclusion at WashU School of Medicine.
  • Creating a more inclusive environment at WashU is of critical importance to our university leadership. We care about your views and want your voice to be heard.
  • The survey should take only 10 minutes to complete. It will run for three weeks, so please be sure to complete it by the deadline: June 22, 2023.

Anonymous and confidential

  • Survey responses are completely anonymous and confidential. Catalyst will receive responses and personal data directly, and no one at WashU will ever have access to individual responses, raw data or identifiable results.
  • We cannot track who responds to the survey invitation, and the IP address used to respond to the survey is not collected.
  • If any subgroup has <15 responses, the Task Force will not receive data pertaining to that subgroup; those individuals’ data will be aggregated into data from larger groups.

Sharing the results

  • Late this summer, Catalyst will provide survey results to the Task Force, along with their analyses of the qualitative data gathered through focus groups and one-on-one leader interviews. The Task Force then will work with Catalyst to interpret the results, generate recommendations and, finally, draft a report.
  • We anticipate to release our report and recommendations by the end of 2023.