2015 December Class Acts

Celebrating the Past, Ready for the Future

Class Acts is a series that recognizes our students who are changing the world through research, service and innovation.


Involved and passionate

By Jenna Epstein on December 2, 2015 in 2015 December

Everyone at Washington University seems to know Olin Business School student Khalyani Sankar. During her time here, she has remained a prominent student voice, bridging many facets of the campus community through her leadership and involvement.

Making Small Moves, Creating Big Change

By Barbara Rea on December 2, 2015 in 2015 December

John Lentz, master’s degree candidate in public health at the Brown School, believes that once it is understood how a large-scale administrative health care system functions, even a small tweak can generate a major improvement in health outcomes.

Spirit of ingenuity: WashU student searches for ecological solutions to basic human needs

By Liam Otten on November 30, 2015 in 2015 December

No one knows how many people live in Kibera, Kenya. Estimates are contested but range from 200,000 to 500,000 to upwards of a million. What is certain is that this century-old informal settlement, squeezed into one square mile on the northern bank of the Nairobi River, is among the most crowded and impoverished places on earth. It is also largely devoid of adequate sanitation infrastructure, says Andrea Godshalk, a master’s candidate in the Sam Fox School of Design & ...

Demonstrating strength and courage, graduate completes two degrees and looks for answers on Ferguson Commission

By Jennifer Frey on November 30, 2015 in 2015 December

Monique Thomas is no ordinary Washington University graduate student. In addition to pursuing both Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration degrees at Washington University in St. Louis, Thomas also took a term off to work for the Ferguson Commission in the months following the non-indictment in the Michael Brown case.