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Group on Women in Medicine and Science

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) advocates for women’s advancement in leadership and education, research, clinical practice and administration. GWIMS supports women faculty, facilitates networking and mentoring for women faculty and students, and connects with professional groups and the community.


Leadership as a Way of Life
Hosted by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
Presented by Francisco Velasquez, M.D., former President/CEO of PAML

Monday, Oct. 15
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
PBS 112

Inland NW WSU Mentoring Circle Program
AWIS is launching a mentoring circle program that will provide mentorship, resources, and a support network for ALL graduate or professional students working toward successful research-related careers. To participate, you have to register to be matched with a group and attend the kick-off event.

AWIS Mentoring Circle Program Kick-off (for selected cohort only)
Monday, October 29
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
SAC 245

Deadline to apply for mentors and mentees is Sept. 28.

Learn about the program: MENTOR or MENTEE

Contact AWIS at or with questions.

PowerPlay: Bias Awareness and Intervention Lab
Hosted by ADVANCE at WSU and the Carson College of Business

Monday, November 8
Session I: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session II: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CUB Auditorium (Pullman)
More Information

PowerPlay’s Bias Awareness and Intervention Training Lab is focused on creating a fair and equitable workplace through building awareness of the biases that create obstacles toward that goal. The facilitated, interactive workshop allows participants to identify incidents of bias and then build the ability to address those issues in a positive and constructive way. Interaction involves witnessing brief moments of bias and experimenting with different strategies from the perspective of the bystander by suggesting intervention tactics to actors who then replay the scene. Participants get to play director and experimenter from the comfort of their chair. The PowerPlay team can also take “requests” on the spot: our actor-improvisers can examine incidents that are suggested from the audience that may be unique to a participant’s experience in this institution’s climate and culture.

Dr. Stephanie Goodwin, a renowned leading expert on bias intervention and awareness training and best practices, will supplement the program with a presentation and facilitation. PowerPlay collaborated closely with Dr. Goodwin on the development of this training lab, which grew out of an NSF Conference presentation by University of New Hampshire ADVANCE focused on utilizing interactive theatre to address bystander intervention.

Lunch and Learn with industry professional Katrina Rogers
Hosted by the Association for Women in Science

Thursday, November 8
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
SAC 205

Featured Article

Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A Consensus Study Report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Paula A. Johnson, Sheila E. Widnall, and Frazier F. Benya, Editors
“………we are encouraged by the research that suggests that the most potent predictor of sexual harassment is organizational climate—the degree to which those in the organization perceive that sexual harassment is or is not tolerated. This means that institutions can take concrete steps to reduce sexual harassment by making systemwide changes that demonstrate how seriously they take this issue and that reflect that they are listening to those who courageously speak up to report their sexual harassment experiences.”

Read previous articles here


Learn about WSU ADVANCE’s sustainable programs to develop an inclusive research institution whose faculty are supported by a system that promotes career-long excellence for all by focusing on obstacles to recruiting, hiring, retaining and advancing an exceptional, diverse faculty.


National GWIMS Website

Founding Members

Dedra BuchwaldCommunity HealthDirector and Professor
Naomi ChaytorMedical Education and Clinical SciencesAssociate Professor
Gail ChermakSpeech & Hearing SciencesProfessor and Chair
Dawn CooperResearch; Medical Education and Clinical SciencesAssociate Dean for Accreditation, Assessment and Evaluation
Dawn Elise DeWittAcademic and Community Partnerships; Medical Education and Clinical SciencesAssociate Dean of Clinical Education, Spokane Campus
Luisita FrancisAcademic and Community Partnerships; Medical Education and Clinical SciencesAssistant Dean for Community Engagement
Leila HarrisonRecruitment and AdmissionsAssociate Dean for Admissions, Recruitment, and Inclusion
Georgina LynchSpeech & Hearing SciencesAssistant Professor
Radha NandagopalMedical Education and Clinical SciencesClinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Director, Clinical Skills, ESFCOM

ESFCOM Faculty Interested in being part of GWIMS? Please fill out this form:


Gail D. Chermak, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
509-358-7598 (SPOKANE)
509-335-8849 (PULLMAN)