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Improving Work Climate: Responding to Sexual Harassment

Wednesday 15th August 14:15-16:00
Contacts: Meredith Hastings, Rebecca Barnes
Location: 102 View on map

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Presenters and Moderators:
Dr. Meredith Hastings is an Associate Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University.
Dr. Rebecca Barnes is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Program at Colorado College.

Description:
This workshop is based upon materials developed as part of an NSF-funded ADVANCE project (ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences). This interactive session will discuss how national scientific societies are addressing the problem of sexual harassment in research and educational environments (classroom, lab, field, conferences), provide training in personal intervention strategies to protect and support targets of harassment, and identify resources for cultural and institutional change to prevent hostile climates.
Harassment endangers the professional and personal well-being of individuals and their communities and contributes to hostile climates in science. It can exploit differences in religion, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and is especially toxic when perpetrated by people in positions of power, such as supervisors or advisors. We focus on sexual harassment although many of the lessons learned apply to other types of harassment or bullying. Our goal is to raise awareness of the problem, discuss initiatives to address harassment as research misconduct, and present practical strategies for reducing instances of harassment and for supporting its targets. As a result of this session, participants will be able to identify: (1) different ways in which sexual harassment can manifest in research environments; (2) strategies for bystander intervention and for reporting harassment, and (3) resources to share with their home departments for cultural change.
This 90-minute session will consist of: 1) 15-minute presentation of information, 2) 10-minute training of bystander intervention strategies, 3) 30-minute presentation and discussion of real world scenarios, 4) 15-minute active practice of bystander intervention through role playing, and 5) 20-minute discussion and final debriefing. The information section will present data on the problem and examples of how universities and professional societies are addressing sexual harassment through promoting cultural and institutional change. The training section will present bystander intervention strategies and resources for targets and the community. During the next two parts, participants will discuss their response to anonymized real scenarios and practice intervention strategies in small groups at separate tables. Finally, a group discussion moderated by the presenters will allow for follow-up questions and general debriefing of this sensitive topic. Participants will receive documentation of resources to take to their home departments. Session presenters will moderate the discussions.
Links to resources relevant to this topic can be found here


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