Women's Leadership Council

Committee Reporting Relationship

The Council reports to the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity.


The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) advises the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity on institutional policies, objectives, procedures, and actions with regard to developing an equitable gender climate. The WLC's goals are (1) ensuring that women are included fully and equitably in all aspects of the life of the institution; and (2) promoting the development and well-being of all members of the University community in an atmosphere marked by collegiality, rigorous intellectual inquiry and self-examination, moral reflection, and fundamental human kindness. To do so, the WLC reports annually to the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity about the gender climate, opportunities for women, progress on efforts to achieve gender equality and how institutional initiatives, policies, and procedures affect women at the University.

In fulfilling its mission, the WLC shall undertake the following:

  • Recommend policies, procedures, programs, and priorities that will encourage the development of an institutional community that promotes and supports the full range of educational, employment, and research opportunities for women
  • Identify institutional practices and policies that may inhibit the ability of women students, faculty, and staff to contribute and participate as fully as they are capable in the educational and professional opportunities at the University, and recommend measures to eliminate inhibitory practices and policies
  • Review and comment on reports of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs pertaining to the University's progress in meeting its equal opportunity and affirmative action obligations with respect to women
  • Recommend and advocate policies, procedures, and priorities to enhance the University's ability to undertake proactive, affirmative measures designed to encourage greater diversity in its student, faculty, staff, and leadership populations

Committee Structure

The Council, appointed by the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, consists of:

  • 15 faculty/staff members
  • The following serve as ex-officio members without term:
    • Associate Vice President for Finance
    • Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
    • Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
    • Representatives of:
      • Office of the President
      • Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
      • Executive Vice President and Provost
      • Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
      • Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer 
      • Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity (Executive Secretary)
  • Two at-large student members (one undergraduate student, one graduate student)


  • Cheryl L. Gomez, Chair, Director of Operations, Facilities Management
  • Julie I. Caruccio, Associate Dean of Students, School of Engineering
  • Theresa Carroll, Sr. Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Services, School of Nursing
  • Allison L. Elias, Visiting Lecturer, Department of History
  • Nicole P. Eramo,  Associate Dean of Students, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Cassandra L. Fraser, Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • W. Douglas Hartog, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Susan E. Kirk, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Jane Miller, Sr. Associate Athletics Director/SWA
  • Abigail Palko, Director, Women’s Center
  • Mildred W. Robinson, Professor, School of Law
  • Lorie J. Strother, SWaM Contract Administrator, Supplier Diversity
  • Sophie Trawalter, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • Jayne Weber, SEAS Representative, Staff Senate

Student Members:

  • Kimalee Dickerson, Graduate Student Representative
  • Sarah Kenny, Undergraduate Student Representative


  • Sally N. Barber, Special Advisor and Director, State and Federal Relations for Health System
  • Melody Bianchetto, Associate Vice President for Finance
  • Margaret P. Harden, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Administration 
  • Marcus L. Martin, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
  • Catherine Spear, Assistant Vice President, Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
  • Gail I. Prince-Davis, Executive Secretary (Administrative Assistant to the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity)