Rutgers School of Public Health professor and chair of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health, Dr. Leslie M. Kantor, has been awarded the Millicent Carey McIntosh Award for Feminism from Barnard College. Established in 2004, the Award honors women who exemplify Barnard’s strong and independent traditions, as well as personify the college’s commitment to the education of women and their influence in society.
Dr. Kantor graduated from Barnard College in 1989. While still a student, she founded and headed the AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) Peer Educators, the first peer education program at Barnard (learn more about the AIDS Peer Educators from Dr. Kantor’s story on The Moth). In the thirty years since graduation, Dr. Kantor has continued to impact public health through her work in the field of sexual and reproductive health, aiming to make a difference in the lives of people whose income, race/ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or gender identity has led to inequities and resulting health disparities.
She has held leadership roles at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, Planned Parenthood of New York City and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is currently the chair of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at the Rutgers School of Public Health, where she continues to champion health equity and social justice.
“I am honored to receive this award from Barnard College, where I first had the opportunity to work at the intersection of research, public health intervention development, policy, and advocacy,” said Dr. Kantor.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 02