Open Classroom: Celebrating Black History Month – Event Registration

During Black History Month, we will feature Brown School faculty and fellow community members via Zoom for dynamic presentations that address politics, race, and resilience. A selection of our offerings are listed below.

REGISTER NOW for any or all of the following free Open Classroom webinars, and check the website frequently for additions.

Finding Our Place in the Change

Nicole Hudson

Tuesday, January 19 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM. CST


Where Blacks in America Have Been, Where We Are, Where We Must Go

Jack Kirkland

Wednesday, February 3 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM CST


Black Entrepreneurship in St. Louis: Building Healthy Families and Communities

Heather Cameron,  Brandon Gilliam, Tyrean Lewis, 

Tuesday, February 9 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM CST


Pro-Trump Era: Resistance, Hope and Mobilizing Among Black American Families

Sheretta Butler-Barnes

Thursday, February 18 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM. CST


A Community Based Response to COVID-19 in a Historic Urban Neighborhood: What We Have Learned and Where We Are Going

Jacqueline Bland, Erica Driver, Darryl Grimes,  Steve Ingram, Tyrone Turner

Wednesday, February 24 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM. CST

KL2 Career Development Awards – Call for Applications

Call for Applications: Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation (MTPCI) and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI)

Registration open for AAMC Leadership Development Seminar for Women Faculty in Medicine and Science

Discover How a Challenging Year Can Provide Opportunities for Greater Visibility and Career Growth!

Leadership Development Seminar for Women Faculty in Medicine and Science
This Seminar will be offered twice in 2021 on the following dates, beginning on day one at 11:45 AM ET and concluding each at 4:00 PM ET.

Feb. 23 – 25, 2021
June 15 – 17, 2021

In the aftermath of 2020, women in medicine and science seeking promotion and career advancement are navigating greater challenges as barriers to achieving success become harder to overcome. How can you gain the visibility you need to achieve your professional goals while striving to balance your additional personal and professional responsibilities in an uncertain and continuously evolving environment? Join us virtually for the Leadership Development Seminar for Women Faculty in Medicine and Science to learn strategies for overcoming these challenges and more.

What Can I Expect?
Delivered over three days, the Leadership Development Seminar for Women Faculty in Medicine and Science will provide you with strategies for gaining visibility, career advancement and promotion opportunities as well as ample chances to network with peers facing similar challenges. You’ll also take part in interactive breakout sessions and critical conversations focused on additional leadership topics central to achieving your professional goals, such as: strategies for supporting well-being and resiliency, allyship, and navigating through change.

View the full agenda.

Who Should Attend?

This seminar is open to women physicians and scientists, who hold a faculty appointment as an Assistant or Associate Professor, at an AAMC member institution’s School of Medicine. Due to high demand, we are unable to accept registrants outside of this target audience. Attendees should have demonstrated leadership ability, either in formal or informal leadership roles, and/or seek to obtain career advancement in leadership positions within academic medicine and science.

This Seminar has been designed to support women faculty in a virtual setting until the in-person early and and mid-career women faculty seminars resume.

The registration fee is $775 per person and covers participation in the three day virtual seminar. The registration fee does not include the optional CME fee of $50.

How Do I Register?
Unlike our in-person leadership development seminars for women faculty, this seminar is not an application-based program, and multiple faculty from one institution may participate. To register, simply use the link below to initiate the registration process and select the set of dates that are most convenient for you. Please keep in mind that participants are required to attend the seminar in full, as content and activities have been designed to engage you with peers and faculty. However, space is limited to provide an optimal interactive experience for our attendees. Register today to reserve your spot on your preferred set of dates.


MLK Week 2021

Save the dates below for MLK Week 2021, sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Diversity Programs. All events will be virtual. More details coming soon from Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Date/Time Event(s)
Monday, 1/18/21

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Keynote Address by Professor Dorothy E. Roberts: “Dr. King’s Message on Race, Science and Justice”
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & SociologyRaymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil RightsProfessor of Africana Studies

Director, Penn Program on Race, Science & Society

University of PennsylvaniaWebinar link

“Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” MLK, Jr.

Tuesday, 1/19/21

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Panel Discussion on Activism featuring a pre-recorded message from Congresswoman Cori Bush.  Panelists will share their work as activists in our community.

Panelists are:
Gmerice Hammond, MD
Cardiology Fellow
Washington University School of Medicine

Jeffery McCune, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and of African and African-American Studies
Washington University

Representative from Washington University School of Medicine’s White Coats for Black Lives Chapter

Webinar link
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” MLK, Jr.

Wednesday, 1/20/21

Session 1:
7:30 – 8:30 AM


Session 2:
5:30 – 6:30 PM

Celebrating Black Joy and Healing with Yoga/Wellness practices led by The Collective STL

The Collective STL is a vibrant group of Black yoga and wellness instructors, fully committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Black communities in St. Louis.

7:30 A.M. webinar link

5:30 P.M. webinar link

 “Without love there is no reason to know anyone, for love will, in the end, connect us to our neighbors, our children, and our hearts.” MLK, Jr.

Thursday, 1/21/21

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Keynote Address by David Dwight: Racial Equity Activism in St. Louis

David Dwight, lead catalyst at Forward Through Ferguson and Washington University alumnae will discuss the “The Path to Racial Equity” in our region, including the #STL2039 Action Plan and how Washington University School of Medicine can support.

 Webinar link

“The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together.” MLK, Jr.

Friday, 1/22/21

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Update on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Washington University School of Medicine

Sherree Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Washington University School of Medicine

This update will include recent successes, provide an overview of what is ahead and how you can support the work of diversity, equity and inclusion at the medical school.

Webinar link
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” MLK, Jr.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Washington University School of Medicine sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the Washington University School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in advance at 314-273-2809 or

Brought to you by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Diversity Programs with a special thanks to the MLK Week committee members: Vicky Braun, Joel Dalton, Rosie Jones, Valerie Joyner, Dorian Pierce, Liz Riggs, Poli Rijos, Erin Stampp and James Zerkel.

Diversity Week 2020

A collaboration between Washington University Medical Campus partners, Diversity Week is an annual event that strengthens our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The event is co-hosted by BJC HealthCare, Barnes-Jewish HospitalGoldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine.

All 2020 events will be virtual.

Graphic says, Belonging: Connecting through crisis. Diversity Week

Diversity Week 2020: November 16 – 20

Belonging is a need. Like water and food, belonging is essential to our well-being. COVID-19 has forced most of us into isolation and separated us from our families, friends and co-workers. Our connection to each other — our sense of belonging — is our vaccination against isolation.

This year’s Diversity Week is a celebration of all of you, our health care heroes and the community members who have overcome these challenges, proving that we are stronger together.

Registration is encouraged for all events. All sessions are open to the Washington University Medical Campus community and BJC employees.

Monday, November 16

Leadership Panel: Inclusive Leadership
10 – 11 a.m. | Livestream
Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from Washington University Medical Campus partners. They’ll share transparent perspectives on the meaning of inclusion and the intentional journey to make organizations more inclusive.
Register and submit your questions »

Tuesday, November 17

Henrietta Lacks: Centennial CELLebration: Honoring Her Life and Legacy
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Zoom
Henrietta Lacks five changed the world with her immortal HeLa cells. Taken without her or her family’s knowledge or consent, Henrietta’s would become responsible for some of the greatest scientific advancements of the last century and continue to benefit all of humanity. We will will view part of the 1997 documentary film The Way of All Flesh, hear from a panel of WashU Med experts, and leave time for Q & A.
Learn more and register »

Wednesday, November 18

Amber Johnson: Truth and Reconciliation in Healthcare: Healing St. Louis in Crisis
6 – 8 p.m. | Livestream
Amber Johnson, PhD, is associate professor of communication and social justice at Saint Louis University, co-founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, and the founder of The Justice Fleet™, a mobile social justice museum that fosters healing through art, dialogue and play.
Register and submit your questions »

Friday, November 20

Community Panel: Who Decides Who you Are?
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Livestream
Each of us was born into a world that came to define us before we ever had a say. This interactive panel will leverage Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” and Academy Award-winning film Moonlight to process how individual and collective stories have been reclaimed and transformed through the grassroots work of community members at the intersection of some of our community’s most vulnerable populations.
This Reel Talk discussion is held in honor of Trans Remembrance Day.
Register and submit your questions »

Advancing Women in Academic Medicine (AWAM) Town Hall meetings

Attention Department of Medicine Women Fellows and Faculty

Introducing Advancing Women in Academic Medicine (AWAM) – a new program that will be working to achieve equitable career advancement for women fellows and faculty in the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.

Please join us for a series of town hall meetings to introduce this new program and to help us learn directly from you about potential barriers and what support would be most helpful to you for your academic career advancement.

  • 10/5: 2 – 3 pm (For junior and new women faculty)
  • 10/26: 10 – 11 am (For mid-career faculty)
  • 10/28: 5 – 6 pm (For junior and new women faculty)
  • 10/30: 8 – 9 am (For mid-career faculty)
  • 11/11: 5 – 6 pm (early or mid-level women faculty)


For additional information, contact:
Sharon Cresci, MD:
Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH:

Employee Crisis Fund Re-Opens, More well-being support

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WashU Crisis Response Employee Fund was created to assist those facing economic hardship in these unprecedented times. Benefits-eligible employees of WashU are eligible to apply for assistance with pandemic-related expenses and in order to meet their essential needs. Expenses eligible for funding include housing, food, medical expenses for treatments and medications, and childcare expenses.

The Fund will accept applications for expenses incurred between August 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020.

Employees can apply for funds beginning Monday, October 12, 2020 and the application period will run through Friday, October 30. Documentation must be provided at the time of application to support the request being made. Requests submitted without documentation will not be reviewed.

Applications will be reviewed at the end of the application period and applicants will be notified of funding decisions as soon as possible.

To learn more and apply, visit the WashU Employee Crisis Fund web portal.

Those wishing to make a donation to the WashU Crisis Response Fund can do so here.

Support for you and your family available on the employee well-being hub

The health, safety and well-being of our community are more important than ever. Find resources to support your health, mental health, wellness, learning and financial well-being.

Highlighted programs include:

  • Work-Life Solutions (employee assistance program) – In addition to counseling services, Work-Life Solutions can provide employees with referrals for community resources and assistance programs, provide financial counseling and budgeting guidance. Visit or call 844.365.4587.  Learn more.
  • Child and Family Care – Visit the Child and Family Care hub for details, including back-up care, child care facility openings, and an array of resources on virtual learning, care and more.
  • Financial Well-Being – Learn how to simplify your financial life and manage personal finances, get connected to a TIAA financial consultant, register for financial wellness workshops or check out the Savi program, a new student loan forgiveness program. Learn more.
  • Wellness – Find simple and effective ways to focus on your health and wellness. Meet with a wellness consultant and earn rewards, participate in Walktober – the new wellness challenge, find coping skills to manage stress through our mindfulness sessions, and more! Learn more about programs through Wellness Connection. Don’t miss the Virtual Health Happening Fair Oct. 26 through 30.
  • Emotional well-being – Support is available to help you and your family cope with stressors and challenges. Get help from our employee assistance program – Work-Life Solutions, attend a Zoom well-being session or find emotional support through individual counseling. Learn more.
  • Health care – Open Enrollment is coming up in early November. Now is a good time to review your health benefits and make sure you’re getting the most out of your health plan. During the impact of COVID, we have introduced several ways to help you manage your health in this environment. Learn more.
  • Learning and Development – Making time to learn and grow has a positive impact on your well-being and your career. There are several virtual courses and learning opportunities available to help you continue to develop your skills for a meaningful career. Learn more.
  • Live Near Your Work – This WashU benefit helps lift the financial burden of buying a home for eligible employees by providing down payment and/or closing cost assistance. Learn more about the program and attend an upcoming LNYW virtual fair on Oct. 21.

Visit the Employee Well-Being Hub on the Human Resources website for more details.

Child and Family Care Announcement

Child and Family Care Resources

As employees navigate the challenges of caring for family and children while working, we are aware of the pressures and stressors people face. Support is available to help our community balance work and family life.

Special Announcement: Family Learning Center has space available, welcomes WashU families to apply today!

Have your regular child care arrangements changed? Did you know that you can work from home and still take advantage of The Family Learning Center for child care? The center is open and welcoming families, with full-time and part-time spaces available!

COVID-19 has changed so much, but safety remains the center’s number one priority. In partnership with Bright Horizons®, Washington University has implemented important health and safety protocols to keep your child safe. Created in consultation with pediatric infectious disease experts (including our own WashU experts), these protocols are already successfully in use at many of Bright Horizons centers across the country– and include:

  • Reduced class size
  • Daily health screening and temperature check for adults and childre
  • Drop-offs and pick-ups restricted to the lobby or outsid
  • Masks for teachers, staff, and all other adults in our center
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, toys, and laundered items

Just as important, our dedicated teachers have been carefully trained and are fully committed to your child’s safety and well-being.

Additional information, including a video of the center’s enhanced protocols in action, can be found on the Family Learning Center home page.

New Child and Family Care Hub on the HR website

Find benefits, services as well as an array of family tips, tools,WashU expert-led courses and articles on child and family care.

What’s on the hub? View resources, including:

  • Center-Based Care
  • Back-Up Child/Elder Care
  • Sitting and Nanny Resources
  • Virtual School Support
  • Virtual Supervision
  • Childcare Referral Services
  • Local Resources
  • Online Educational Resources
  • Toolkits and Guides

Visit the Child and Family Care hub

Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program (DDFRCS) – Call for applications (Due October 1st)

The Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program (DDFRCS) at Washington University in St. Louis has been developed to provide innovative institutional solutions to reduce faculty attrition by assisting junior faculty facing extraprofessional demands. The DDRCS provides broad-based education to raise awareness and implement new interventions, as well as resources and mentoring to support junior faculty facing extraprofessional challenges. For more information, please visit the DDFRCS site. Please contact Jennifer Mosher with any questions.

2020_FL_DDFRCS_CallForApplicationsFlyer (pdf)