Gender Equity Initiative

The Gender Equity Initiative seeks to increase the representation, advancement, and workplace satisfaction of women identified community members and other genders currently underrepresented at the Larner College of Medicine. Through education, recognition of achievements, and advocacy, the Gender Equity Initiative seeks to foster a safe, equitable, and just work environment for the benefit of all community members. 

We understand that “gender equity” is not a “woman’s issue.”  It affects everyone in our work environment, and all voices are necessary to achieve our goals.  We understand that inclusive and equitable teams stimulate and propel our work in medicine and science and know that structural and cultural barriers exist that impede advancement based on gender.  Through education, recognition of achievements, and advocacy, the Gender Equity Initiative seeks to foster a safe, equitable, and just work environment for the benefit of all community members.


  • To promote equitable career advancement and professional development for  women-identified and non-binary faculty, staff and students
  • To assure that women and non-binary people attain senior faculty and staff ranks and leadership roles at LCOM.
  • To critically examine recruitment, retention and promotion of faculty and staff by gender
  • To review LCOM policies and benefits that affect gender equity (such as family leave, flexible work schedules, onsite childcare) and makes recommendations to increase family friendly policies at LCOM
  • To develop mentorship and networking opportunities for women-identified and non-binary faculty, staff, and students
  • To bring awareness of the importance of gender equity and gender-based biases to the LCOM community
  • To assure that the LCOM environment is safe and free of gender harassment
  • To recognize outstanding achievements on the part of LCOM women-identified and non-binary faculty, staff, and students 

Gender Equity Steering Committee (GESC)

The Gender Equity Steering Committee guides the mission and goals of the Gender Equity Initiative.  It is comprised of LCOM community members representing different stages of career from across clinical and basic science departments.  The committee is intentionally diverse with members from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as gender identities and sexual orientation.  Working groups of additional faculty and staff that coalesce around a selection of the above goals report to GESC on a monthly basis.  

Elizabeth Bonney, MDProfessorObstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Anne Dougherty, MD, Chair 

Assistant Professor, Gender Equity Liaison - ODEIObstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Pam Gibson, MD ProfessorPathology
Ramsey Herrington, MDChief, Emergency Medicine; Assistant ProfessorSurgery
Katie Huggett, PhDProfessor, Director, Teaching AcademyMedical Education
Friederike Keating, MDProfessor Medicine Cardiology
Prema Menon, MD, PhDAssociate Professor; Interim Assistant Dean for StudentsMedicine - Pulmonary and Critical Care
Jennifer NachburPublic Relations DirectorLCOM Office of Communications
Katie Wells, MDAssistant ProfessorEmergency Medicine
Joanna Conant, MDAssistant ProfessorPathology
Macaulay Onuigbo, MDAssociate Professor MedicineNephrology
Leigh Ann Holterman, PhDCurricular Evaluation AnalystTeaching Academy 
James Stafford, PhD Assistant ProfessorNeurological Sciences

2020 Gender Equity Award Winners

Celebration of Gender Equity
(from left: Dean Rick Page, Gov. Madeline Kunin, L.E. Faricy, Dr. Ramsey Herrington, Dr. Debra Leonard, Dr. Bill Pendelbury, Dr. Anne Dougherty, Dr. Margaret Tandoh)

Taking place during Women’s History Month in March, the Celebration of Gender Equity with its concommitant Annual Gender Equity Lecture serves multiple purposes in academic medicine.  Not only does it call out the achievements and contributions of individuals, but it also broadcasts the individual's presence to a wider audience, is noted on their CV, and is a signifier of the reputation of the individual which helps in the promotion process.

2020 Gender Equity Award Winners

Gender Equity Outstanding Achievement in Medicine and Science Award - Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., Professor of Medicine

Polaris Award for Outstanding Mentorship - Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Gender Equity Champion Award - Ramsey Herrington, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery and Chief of Emergency Medicine

Rising Star Emerging Professional Award - Lauren Elizabeth (L.E.) Faricy, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics



Upcoming Events


Thursday, October 15 

12:00-1:00 pm

Why Should You Consider Bystander Training? - Step Up to Bias 101 Info Session


Annie Valentine, Education & Training Manager, Education and Outreach, CHWB   (She/her/hers)

Jilliene Rodriguez, Diversity, Engagement and Professional Development Director  (She/her/hers)

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Wednesday, November 11 

12:00-1:00 pm

Advocates & Allies for Equity: An NSF-funded initiative at The Ohio State University

Join us to learn from organizers and participants in the NSF-funded Advocates & Allies for Equity initiative launched at The Ohio State University in November 2016. This program focuses on transforming the climate of the institution by enhancing men’s engagement in gender equity work.

Our presenters are:

Dr. Rachel E. Bowen, Assistant Director of The Women’s Place at The Ohio State University and current Ohio State co-PI on the NSF grant the supports the program. 

Dr. Leon McDougle, Chief Diversity Officer for the OSU Wexner Medical Center and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Ohio State College of Medicine. 

Dr. David B. Williams, Dean of the College of Engineering and one of the original co-PIs when the program was developed. 


Thursday, December 9

12:00-1:00 pm

“Male Champions for Gender Equity Change?”  

An inside look at Change the Story Vermont’s program “Champions for Change” where men use “their personal and collective leadership to elevate gender equity as an issue of social and economic importance in our state.”

Presenters: Change the Story VT and Champions for Change

Jessica Nordhaus, Director, Change the Story

Aly Johnson-Kurts, Communications Director, Change the Story

And members of the Champions for Change program

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