Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity | March 2023

International Women's Day is March 8

Dear Colleagues,


This month marks the launch of a new Equity, Diversity & Inclusion website for the university. This new site contains wonderful information and data about the university’s equity and inclusion commitments, progress, and resources. I especially love the “Our Progress” section of the site, which features data on our campus community and an interactive map that shows countries of origin for Danforth Campus faculty and students. I hope you will use this new site often as a resource, as well as share it with other WashU community members.

I’m also pleased to announce several events to commemorate International Women’s Day on both the Danforth and Medical Campuses. The Office of the Provost will host LUNAFEST, a festival of films by and about women, as well as a Danforth Faculty Gender Equity Town Hall on March 8. More details may be found below. I hope you’ll join us at one or both events!

I want to thank everyone who helped to make the final year of the Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative a resounding success! Special thanks to faculty who served on the Cluster Hire Review Committee from 2020 to 2023. By this fall, fifteen new faculty will have joined Danforth schools and departments as a result of this cluster hire. This group of innovative and excellent scholars has already made important contributions to research, teaching, and community engagement at WashU.

Finally, if you are involved with hiring or recruiting faculty, please access our Faculty Affairs and Diversity site for hiring, interview, and relocation resources. They are available here. And we are excited about the upcoming Faculty Recruitment and Search Lunch & Learn programs being offered (see events below) and hope you will considering joining us. Of course, please email us at [email protected] if there’s anything we can do to support your faculty search process.

Warm regards,

—Kia Caldwell, vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity

Commemoration of International Women’s Day, March 8

Faculty Town Hall on Danforth Campus Gender Equity

Brown Hall 100

12–1 p.m.

This annual event for Danforth Campus faculty will include a series of presentations on different topics. Presenters include:

  • Kia Caldwell, vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity
  • Seema Dahlheimer, president, Association for Women Faculty
  • Lisa Eberle-Mayse, child and family care facilitator

RSVP here by 5 p.m. on March 6

LUNAFEST Film Screenings

Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall

6:30 p.m. screening

WashU affiliates and the public are welcome to join WashU at our first hosting of the LUNAFEST traveling film festival. In a running time of 90 minutes, attendees will enjoy inspiring short films by and about women. This event is free and seating is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. Welcome Neighbor STL will be selling baked goods during the event! Learn more about the film lineup and filmmakers here.

RSVP here by 5 p.m. on March 6

The Academic Women’s Network at Washington University School of Medicine will host a “Celebration of Women on International Women’s Day” on Wednesday, March 8 from 1-6 p.m. You can find more details and the registration information here.

Update on Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire (2020-23)

The Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative has resulted in the successful hire of 15 new faculty across Danforth Campus schools. Look for today's coverage of this initiative in The Record. Read about the new hires here.

WashU's New Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Website Is Live!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of an interactive and exciting new website that features information and resources related to equity, diversity, and inclusion across the university! We hope you will bookmark this site and use it often:

The Writing Retreat is Back by Popular Demand!

The Office of the Provost will host a three-day writing retreat for Danforth assistant and associate professors in mid-August. If you are interested in attending the off-campus retreat or learning more about it, please email [email protected] by April 5. Priority registration will be given to faculty who did not attend last year’s writing retreat.

Featured Events

"Igniting Imagination & Creative Collaboration"

April 6 (4–5:30 p.m.)

This event series will bring WashU faculty together to meet new colleagues, spark new and creative conversations, and consider new ways of collaborating through interdisciplinary research. Sponsored by WashU's Here and Next Strategic Plan and hosted by Arts & Sciences and The Brown School Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures.

more information

Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Malinda Maynor Lowery

"Indigeneity and the Production

of History"

Women's Building Formal Lounge

March 29 (3:30 p.m.)

The American Culture Studies Program will host the visit of Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, under the Office of the Provost Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program. Learn more about hosting a Distinguished Visiting Scholar.

more information


  • Work–Life Solutions: Faculty, staff, fellows, and postdocs (and their household members) can access five free counseling sessions per issue. It is designed for short-term need and is completely confidential. It is a separate benefit from the medical plan. learn more

  • New Research Data & Materials Policy: The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVP) has issued a new policy, intended to clarify requirements regarding retention, ownership, and responsibility for research data generated during the course of university research. learn more

  • WashU Mentoring Resources: At WashU we are strengthening our commitment to mentorship and are excited to launch to centralize mentorship resources. Effective and culturally competent mentoring is critical to the success and thriving of students, trainees, postdocs, and faculty. Our new web page offers tools to help our community members as we support the next generation of scholars, researchers, and faculty.

  • Faculty Recruitment Liaisons: Would you like to help recruit faculty of diverse identities and backgrounds to WashU? Do you enjoy living in St. Louis and want to help faculty considering WashU learn more about the area? If so, sign up to be a Faculty Recruitment Liaison and meet with prospective new faculty here

  • Free NCFDD Free Membership Includes Spring Workshops, "Professor-ing!" Podcast, and Virtual Writing Retreats: Claim your free membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). Learn more about this free membership, available to all WashU faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and trainees. Plus, the NCFDD spring programming is underway and visible upon joining NCFDD. Join the "14-Day Writing Challenge" (April 24–May 7), "How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice" (March 9), and "Lessons Learned from Two Decades of Publishing with Undergrads" (March 21). And be sure to listen to NCFDD's new podcast, "Professor-ing!" Co-hosts Badia Ahad-Legardy, PhD, and Anthony Ocampo, PhD, share the R&R (the real and real-er about life in academia.) Join NCFDD and register today.


  • Association for Women Faculty Monthly Happy Hours: Join the AWF at the Clayton Winehouse (7911 Clayton Road) on March 3 (3:30 p.m.). Learn more about the Association for Women Faculty here.

  • "Why Leadership on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Requires Emotional Intelligence": Join the Olin Business School's Office for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion spring workshop, March 17 (12–2 p.m.). more information

  • "Hierarchies All Around, Addressing Class, Socioeconomic Status (SES), and Rank": Join the Olin Business School's Office for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion spring workshop, March 24 (12–2 p.m.). more information

  • "Building Bridges not Walls: Applying Lessons from Contemplative Science to Enhance Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom, Clinic and Beyond": This is the 5th lecture in the Mindfulness and Anti-Racism series, and features Dr. Doris Chang, a clinical psychologist and associate professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. March 31 (12–1:30 p.m.). register here

  • "Writing an Inviting Faculty Job Posting": Join this faculty recruitment and search lunch & learn, April 18 (11:30 a.m–12:30 p.m.). Space is limited. register here

  • "Do's & Don'ts - Faculty Interviews & Interactions": Join this faculty recruitment and search lunch & learn, May 4 (12–1p.m.). Space is limited. register here

  • "Confederates" (play) at The Rep: An enslaved rebel turned Union spy and a tenured professor in a modern-day private university are having parallel experiences of institutionalized racism, despite existing more than a century apart. MacArthur Genius Award-Winning Playwright, Dominique Morisseau, brilliantly bends the continuum of time and weaves together the stark realities of racial and gender bias both women face in this illuminating drama. through March 5.

  • Center for Teaching and Learning: Learn what’s happening at the Center for Teaching and Learning and how you can take part. more information
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity
Office of the Provost
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Calendar