LGBT Office Highlights
July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

The LGBT Office designs inclusion programs for educating faculty, students, staff and trainees:

  • In September, we presented "The Doctor is Out: A Conversation with Dr. Mark Schuster on Being a Gay Physician at Harvard" for the Harvard Longwood Campus Diversity Dialogue series.
  • In October, Ed Callahan, PhD presented an LGBT Lecture: "Using the EHR to Improve Quality of Care for LGBT Patients, Quality of Life for Others."
  • Together with LAHMS, we presented "LGBTQ on the Wards," a panel for first and second year students that included residents and advanced medical students in March.
  • In March, the LGBT Office provided training on "Creating an Inclusive Environment for Lesbian and Bisexual Women" to faculty, staff and leadership of The Gretchen S. and Edward A. Fish Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  • In April, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the LGBT Office co-sponsored a screening of the riveting States of Grace documentary for faculty, staff and students.
  • In April, Madina Agénor, ScD presented at our Lunch and Learn on her research "Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women's Health: Why Intersectionality Matters."
  • In May, the LGBT Office collaborated with Harvard Catalyst, the Williams Institute and Boston Children's Hospital on the ground-breaking symposium "LGBTQ Bullying: Translating Research to Action to Improve the Health of All Youth" which brought together researchers, clinicians, community members, and policy and school leaders.
  • In June, Alicia Oeser, Director of Harvard University's Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR) presented "How to be an Advocate and Ally" to Harvard Longwood Campus staff.

The LGBT Office creates community-building events for faculty, students, staff and trainees:

  • In July, the Harvard Longwood Campus schools jointly kicked off the academic year with a jointly organized Pride on the Quad that brought out hundreds for sunshine, music and sno kones.
  • In August, LAHMS and the LGBT Office hosted Hollywood writer and HMS alum, Neal Baer, MD for an honest back-to-school discussion.
  • In September, we co-hosted with the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA) the annual LGBT and Allies Reception for staff, faculty, students and trainees in the Waterhouse Room with speeches from Deans Flier and Frizzell.
  • In October, Harvard Alum LGBTQ Conference “What Should We Do After I Do” included a panel with five HMS faculty leaders to discuss the future of LGBT Health.
  • In October, Boston Children's Hospital's LGBT & Friends hosted Jessica Halem.
  • In January, an LGBT PhD Mixer was held by the LGBTQ PhD Group.
  • In May, The Diversity Dialogue series for Harvard Longwood Campus was "Trans 101" and featured faculty member Sari Reisner, ScD.

Important LGBT Inclusion Milestones at HMS in 2015-2016:

  • In February, LGBT Advisory Committee Member, Jennifer Potter, MD was appointed Advisory Dean and Director of the William B. Castle Society.
  • In October, HMS launched "Health Care for Individuals with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Expression, and Sex Development: A Clinical and Scholarly Elective" co-directed by LGBT Advisory Committee Member, Robert Kitts, MD.
  • In November, the LGBT Office promoted easy to find Transgender Healthcare options for Harvard University employees during open-enrollment period.
  • The Bathrooms Task Force created new all-gender inclusive signage to be rolled out across the HMS campus in summer 2016.

The LGBT Advisory Committee covered a wide-range of issues during their meetings:

  • Tutorials on LGBTQ resources from AAMC's Axis Committee from Jennifer Potter, MD.
  • Transgender Health with Sari Reisner, ScD.
  • Harvard University Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR) presentation on LGBTQ issues in 2015 sexual conduct survey.
  • Presentations on LGBT Inclusion at affiliated hospitals with BIDMC, BWH, and MGH with more to be scheduled during 2016-2017.

Highlights of building connections with others:

  • The LGBT Office is a resource to others in academic medicine including: University of Illinois at Chicago, Washington University, Tulane University, University of Chicago, UNC School of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, and Tufts.
  • Presented LGBT Inclusion efforts to human resources professionals at Workforce Live!

Round-up of communications efforts for LGBT Inclusion at HMS:

Looking ahead, 2016-2017 already has a growing list of programs, cultural competency initiatives, and work in our hospitals to continue the momentum. Please contact us with your questions or ideas. We’d love to hear from you. Jessica Halem, Program Manager, 617-432-7555,


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