Below the Waterline: How Every One of Us Can Contribute to Positive Culture Change to Reduce Sexual Harassment

Abstract: 

The presentation will provide an overview of the NASEM report and present strategies
to prevent Sexual Harassment that can be implemented by students, faculty, and staff
without direct administrative support. Improving academic culture from the bottom up
is novel, in part due to the transitory nature of students and other trainees on
campuses. Because academic administrators have traditionally set the priorities and
determined the strategies used to change the course of their institutions, faculty and
staff have not generally felt empowered to initiate and lead transformative programs.
The NASEM report on Sexual Harassment discusses why faculty, students, and staff
should step in, “Placing responsibility and control for Sexual Harassment planning and
response at the highest administrative level guided by attorneys... would likely
produce a different organizational culture and climate than one guided by a more
transparent group of faculty, students, and service providers...” Strategies presented
include: identifying and addressing local problems; building community; reimagining
mentoring; and supporting targets of harassment.

Speaker : 

Prof. Sharona Gordon, PhD (University of Washington)

Location: 

Coffee and cookies starting at 3:00 PM Presentation at 3:15 PM, NPL 178 Followed by questions and discussion