The Danforth Task Force on Climate and Culture has contracted with an external assessment agency, WestEd, to collect data from graduate and professional students, postdoctoral scholars and other members of the Danforth campus community to understand their current experiences and potential areas for improvement.

The WestEd team will be visiting WashU on October 3–4, 2023, to conduct listening and learning sessions for the community to share and listen to others’ experiences as they relate to mentoring, advising and support for graduate and professional students and postdocs. The listening and learning sessions are open to graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff and will be held:

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023 (4–5 p.m.) at the Women’s Building Formal Lounge
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2023 (12–1 p.m.) at Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall

Refreshments will be served. Parking Validation or Danforth Campus will be available.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Listening and Learning Sessions

What is the listening and learning session about?

The goal of the session is to gather data about your experiences at Washington University, to identify strengths and challenges related to culture and climate of the Danforth campus, and explore how the culture and climate can be improved. 

These sessions will be used as a space to learn from and listen to each other. You are welcome to attend and just listen or contribute your feedback.

Why am I invited?

 As a participant on the Danforth campus, your input is incredibly valuable in shaping the recommendations WestEd compiles and provides to the Task Force. 

How will my responses be used? 

Your feedback will be used to improve the graduate and postdoctoral student experience. 

Will I be identified? 

No. Individual responses will be kept confidential and data will be reported in aggregate form. WestEd will not attribute responses to an individual. While the evaluation team will not be identifying participants, the sessions will be open to other members of the campus community.

What am I committing to? 

The sessions will take approximately 60 minutes.

If you have any questions about the Listening and Learning Sessions, please contact Jaclyn Tejwani, Senior Research Associate at WestEd, at