You can still share your input

Dear School of Medicine community,

As summer winds down and we prepare for the entering class of 2023 to join our community, the Task Force on Climate & Culture is reminded of how crucial it is for all of our faculty, staff, students and trainees to be welcomed, safe and valued on campus.  

To that end, we continue to work with WashU’s external consultant, Catalyst, to ensure your feedback that was shared in the schoolwide survey, the discussion sessions and focus groups, and via our anonymous feedback form will be included in the analysis that will inform the Task Force’s recommendations for focused efforts to improve and sustain a culture of safety and inclusion. 

If you have additional opinions and perspectives that you would like considered for the analysis, please share your thoughts via the anonymous feedback form by Tuesday, August 15. This will help us to meet our goal of completing the Task Force’s report before the end of the year. (Our website has more information about the timeline and process.)

The anonymous feedback form will continue to remain open beyond the cutoff date for the analysis, but any information submitted after August 15, 2023, will not be included as we analyze data and form our recommendations. That said, you are welcome to continue sharing information after August 15 via the form or by emailing us at We read every and appreciate every message!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer. And, again, thank you for helping to improve our community. You matter here.

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