Women's Leadership Council

Committee Reporting Relationship

The Council reports to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) advises the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 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 for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 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 for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights 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 for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, consists of:

  • 13 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 for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Executive Secretary)
  • Two at-large student members (one undergraduate student, one graduate student)


  • Abigail Palko, Chair, Director, Women’s Center
  • Cheryl L. Gomez, Director of Operations, Facilities Management
  • Julie I. Caruccio, Associate Dean of Students, School of Engineering
  • Emily Babb, Assistant VP for Title IX Compliance
  • Pamela DeGuzman, Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Diane Farineau, Director of Graduate Medical Education
  • Macy Lenox, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Bonnie Gordon, Associate Professor, Music Department
  • Lorie J. Strother, SWaM Contract Administrator, Supplier Diversity
  • Jayne Weber, Staff Representative, SEAS 
  • Brittney Whiteside, Executive Associate Athletics Director/SWA
  • Camilla Fojas, Professor and Chair of Media Studies
  • Zakiah Pierre, Director of Student Engagement, Darden School of Business
  • Hanadi Al-Samman, Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Language & Cultures
  • Karen Painter, Care Manager, Student Health, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Student Members:

  • Ellie Marie Brasacchio, Undergraduate Student Representative
  • Maria Ali, Graduate Student Representative


  • Margaret P. Harden, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Administration 
  • Wendy Mbugua, Director of Clinical Operations, Cancer Center
  • Kevin G. McDonald, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Catherine Spear, Associate Vice President, Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
  • Kelley D. Stuck, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Justina Duncan, Business Manager, Office of the President
  • Gail I. Prince-Davis, Executive Secretary (Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)