Advisory groups are an integral part of creating a more inclusive and welcoming climate on campus. They review existing practices, conduct research and bench-marking, and make policy recommendations to produce best practices and further Washington University’s values and mission.

Active advisory groups

Title IX Advisory Committee
  • Serve as a mechanism for members of the Washington University community to provide feedback about the Title IX and Gender Equity Grievance Processes. The Committee will develop a system to elicit such feedback and to transparently and publicly share the feedback received, in a way that preserves the overall confidentiality and anonymity of complainants, respondents, and witnesses.
  • Provide feedback to the Provost and the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office (GETIXCO) on overall processes and offer recommendations for improvement. In advising GETIXCO, gather feedback from the community and from complainants and respondents as appropriate and in a way that is demonstrably safe and anonymous. 
  • Serve as a sounding board for GETIXCO related to proposed policy and procedural changes.

There will be a committee chair and 16 standing members of the committee, to include students and trainees, faculty, and staff from both the Danforth and Medical School campuses. 


Committee Chair: Tonya Edmond, interim co-dean and professor, Brown School

Administrative Staff: Jennifer Gibbs, senior project manager, special projects, Office of the Provost

Administrative Staff: Deborah Jaegers, program coordinator, Office of the Provost

Committee Members (as of April 1, 2023; additional students and trainees will be added in the spring 2023)

Jennifer Alexander-Brett, assistant professor, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine

Elizabeth Carlen, biodiversity postdoctoral fellow, Living Earth Collaborative 

Slavica Djuranovic, assistant professor, Cell Biology and Physiology, School of Medicine

Caroline Fecher, postdoctoral research associate, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, School of Medicine

Brady Griffith, senior manager, student life, Office of Medical Student Affairs, School of Medicine

Ash Rajesh, postdoctoral research associate, Precision Neuroimaging, School of Medicine

Morgan Shields, assistant professor, Brown School

Carynn Smith, associate director Campus Life, Danforth

Travis Tucker, Jr., associate director & director of LGBTQIA+ Engagement, Center for Diversity and Inclusion 

Rebecca Wanzo, chair and professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Jessica Kennedy, Ex Officio

Kim Webb, Ex Officio

To learn more about this committee including ways to provide feedback, please go here.

Danforth Task Force on Climate and Culture
  • Examine the complex ecosystem of faculty mentors, advisors and mentees across Danforth Schools to identify:
    • Areas of strength and weakness
    • Where and how we can institute best practices
    • How to remediate areas of weakness
    • Protocols to protect mentees and enhance faculty and mentee interactions
  • Review the guidance currently available to those on the Danforth Campus concerning what to do if confronted with or observant of inappropriate behavior or situations, and assess whether improvements could be made in the content and dissemination of such information.

To learn more about this committee including ways to provide feedback, please go here.


Co-Chair: Kia Caldwell, vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity

Co-Chair: Vijay Ramani, vice provost for graduate education and international affairs

Administrative Staff: Deborah Jaegers, program coordinator, Office of the Provost


Kendall Burks, MD/PhD candidate, School of Medicine; president, Graduate Professional Council

Jessica Cissell, director of graduate programming and The Graduate Center

Mike Jones II, director, community engagement & co-curricular experience, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences

Mark Leary, co-vice dean of faculty and research, professor of finance, Olin Business School

Rannyele Passos Ribeiro, postdoctoral fellow, biology, Arts & Sciences

Saori Pastore, associate professor, physics, Arts & Sciences

Jonathan Silva, Dennis & Barbara Kessler Career Development Associate Professor and director of diversity, biomedical engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering

Peggie R. Smith, vice dean for academic affairs School of Law, Charles F. Nagel Professor of Employment and Labor Law, Faculty Ombuds (Danforth Campus)

Monika Weiss, Professor of Arts, Sam Fox School

Andy Wiegert, director of graduate student affairs, Arts & Sciences

Iva Youkilis, teaching professor and placement coordinator in Italian, Arts & Sciences

Gloria Zhou, PhD candidate in energy, environmental, and chemical engineering; co-chair Graduate Student Senate

LGBTQ Advisory Committee

The LGBT Advisory Committee advises the provost on how to make Washington University fully inclusive and welcoming to LGBT students, staff, alumni and faculty.

The committee reviews university policies and procedures to ensure they reflect this goal and identify best practices also in pursuit of this goal. In addition to recommending new policies and practices, the committee also monitors the ongoing implementation of previous recommendations, policies and initiatives, e.g., SafeZones training, the preferred name policygender inclusive restrooms, etc., and make recommendations as needed.


For information about the work of the LGBT Advisory Committee, to ask questions, or to make recommendations for consideration, please contact the chair Anne Margaret Baxley.

2022-2023 Committee Members

William J. Andrews, III, Associate Director of Residential Life

Anne Margaret Baxley, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy; Chair, LGBTQ Advisory Committee

Pat Banker, Physical Therapy Student, School of Medicine

Nish Chakraburtty, Law Student, Class of 2023

Annesley Clark, Law Student, Class of 2023

Anthony Dao, M.D., Instructor, School of Medicine; Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Director of OUTmed

Hillary Anger Elfenbein, John K. Wallace, Jr. and Ellen A. Wallace Distinguished Professor, Olin Business School; President of Association of Women Faculty

Jeremy Goldbach, Professor, Brown School of Social Work

Owen Guo, Undergraduate, Class of 2025

Gloria J. Guzmán Pérez-Carrillo, M.D., M.Sc., M.P.H, Assistant Professor of Radiology; Co-Director, Advanced Neuro-Imaging Clinical Service; Director, Office of Diversity, Equity and Justice in the Department of Radiology

Nat Hilterbrand, Coordinator for LGBTQIA+ and Identity Engagement, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Tucker Krone, Lecturer, Division of Engineering Education; Faculty Advisor for oSTEM student group

Zeuler Lima, Associate Professor, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Caellagh Morrissey, Medical Student, School of Medicine

Marc Ridgell, Undergraduate, Class of 2023

Trevor Sangrey, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Senior Lecturer, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Anna Shabsin, Teaching Professor, Brown School; Coordinator, JD/MSW Joint Degree Program; Safe Zones Educator

Kasey Springsteen, Graduate Student, Brown School

Andrew Swafford, Academic Advisor – Study Abroad, McKelvey School of Engineering

Travis Tucker Jr., Director, LGBTQIA+ Engagement and Associate Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Kristen Wyckoff, Lecturer, McKelvey School of Engineering

Spring 2022 Subcommittees
Student Outreach

Nat Hilterbrand, Coordinator/Chair
Annesley Clark
Zeuler Lima

Campus Pride Index

Travis Tucker, Coordinator/Chair
Caellagh Morrissey
Jeremy Goldbach
Trevor Sangrey
Anna Shabsin

Pronouns and Honorifics

Trevor Sangrey, Coordinator/Chair
Pat Banker
Annesley Clark

Survey Data

Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Coordinator/Chair
Anne Margaret Baxley
Anthony (Tony) Dao
Owen Guo

Past advisory groups

Danforth Campus Lactation Rooms Task Force

This task force reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and works closely with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity team.

Spring 2022 Faculty Service Equity Task Force

The Faculty Service Equity Task Force is charged with exploring service responsibilities of tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty on the Danforth Campus. The task force will consider how equitably service responsibilities are distributed across faculty ranks, as well as across differences of gender and race/ethnicity.  In addition, it will examine how service responsibilities impact faculty development and progression. The task force will also make recommendations for ways to increase equity with regard to faculty service responsibilities. 

Social Media and Online Speech Committee

In April 2014, the Mosaic Project Report recommended the creation of a standing committee to focus on concerns about student social media use and broader issues associated with the digital campus. Created in fall 2015, the Social Media and Online Speech Committee addresses major issues around student social media use including: reputation management, online risk reduction, creation of inclusive online environments, constructive free expression, anonymity, and new technologies and trends. The Committee makes recommendations that address these issues, identify implementation strategies, and provide oversight for ongoing initiatives and emerging issues. The Committee is composed of key campus administrators, faculty and students.

Although the Committee does not have responsibility for actual implementation of policies or procedures, it plays a crucial role in helping the university develop innovative strategies, model best practices and assess outcomes.

Standing Committee on Work/Life Balance

The Danforth Campus Standing Committee on Work/Life Balance advises the provost on how to foster an institutional culture that is supportive of our faculty’s lives beyond the university.  Maintaining rigorous research and teaching portfolios along with institutional service requirements while fulfilling our obligations to our families, our friends, and ourselves is increasingly challenging for academics. While it affects each of us differently, none of us escapes the challenge.

Accordingly, the Office of the Provost is asking the Standing Committee to identify work/life balance challenges, diagnose the underlying problems, and recommend policies and best practices to support our colleagues. As its overall charge, the Standing Committee examines policies and makes recommendations for revisions of these or for the implementation of new guidelines; reviews the University’s climate surveys to identify issues and concerns to different faculty constituents; and addresses questions that are both campus-wide and school specific.

Since its inception in spring 2018, the Standing Committee has worked on identifying concerns regarding parental leave, lactation room initiatives, elder care benefits, distribution of service roles and strategies to better communicate resources to our faculty members among others. The Committee Chair welcomes additional suggestions from Danforth Campus colleagues.

Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms

In April 2014, the Mosaic Project Report recommended the creation of a standing committee to support Washington University faculty in developing classrooms that foster learning for all of the university’s students. Created in the spring of 2015, the Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms is composed of faculty from each of the Danforth Campus schools, as well as students and other key administrators, including from the Medical Campus. The committee meets regularly to share information and questions across schools; develop and recommend best practices and policies; work in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and learning as it develops programs and initiatives in this area; and oversee implementation of the Mosaic Report recommendations.

Although the committee does not have responsibility for actual implementation of policies or procedures, it plays a crucial role in helping the university develop and model best practices and procedures for teaching and educating all of our students.

Past charges
Charge for Academic Year 2018-2019

The charge for the Standing Committee on Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms (SCFIC) for 2018-2019 school year is two-fold:

Charge 1: SCFIC will partner with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to proactively engage with Washington University’s students on issues, topics and challenges related to facilitating inclusive learning spaces on our campuses.  We want students to see us as a resource and will invite key groups as well as individuals to discuss and share concerns on topics regarding inclusion in the classroom at planned committee meetings.

Charge 2: The second charge will carry over from the previous year and we will discuss children in the classroom and exploring enhanced resources for pregnant and parenting students. The committee will work with the Director of the Gender Equity and Title IX Compliance Office at Washington University to make the campus community aware that some students may be the primary caregivers for children or other family members, which might provide challenges for these students’ as they pursue their studies. We will also discuss how we can develop best practices to support these students.

Outcomes of the SCFIC Committee for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Charge 1: Examine the question of students bringing their children in the classroom and make recommendations to guide best practices in this area: Title IX Coordinator, Jessica Kennedy, J.D., who is also a member of SCFIC agreed to create a website for pregnant and parenting students to enhance their knowledge of the resources available to them at Washington University. Ms. Kennedy and SCFIC co-chairs, Ms. Smith and Dr. Brown, also created a draft version of a policy statement for pregnant and parenting students which will be presented to the entire SCFIC committee for revisions and approval in October and November 2018. The focus on this topic will carry over as one of the two charges to the 2018-2019 committee.

Charge 2: Work with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and The Teaching Center to design tools and other resources for faculty members to build confidence in the classroom when disturbing political, social, racial or similar hot button issues arise in the media or on our campus. The SCFIC Committee created a letter addressed to Washington University faculty which provides them with tips and resources for working with students who might be struggling to process recent events in the news. The letter will be sent by Provost Holden Thorp in November 2018. These issues affect both students and faculty members and influence classroom dynamics. SCFIC is seeking to help faculty members balance staying on track with syllabi topics for any given class and acknowledging the impact a trending topic might have on those in the classroom.

*Additional committee and task force reports are available on the Office of the Provost website –