Sexual Harassment in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Workshop and Third Committee Meeting of the
The Committee on Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia

June 20. 2017
Irvine. CA

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The National Academies is undertaking a study on the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. The study will examine the extent to which women in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine are victimized by sexual harassment in academic settings, existing information on the extent to which sexual harassment in academia negatively impacts the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women pursuing careers in these fields, and will identify and analyze the policies, strategies, and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing sexual harassment in these settings.

To advance this critical conversation, the Committee on the Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia is convening a 1-day workshop in Irvine, CA on June 20th 2017. Distinguished scholars, educators, professional society leaders, and policy experts will gather to discuss the prevalence, nature, and impacts of sexual harassment, and the policies, strategies, and practices for addressing sexual harassment in academia. 


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast Available

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome Remarks and Background on the Study
Paula Johnson, Committee Co-Chair, Wellesley College
Sheila Widnall, Committee Co-Chair, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tom Rudin, Acting Director of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

9:15 am – 9:45 am Remarks and Discussion with NAS President
Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences

9:45 am – 10:30 am Gender Salience and Racial Frames, Potential Potholes for Women in Science: Understanding the Context Before and the Potential Consequences of Sexual Harassment
Enobong (Anna) Branch, University of Massachusetts at Amherst powerpoint

10:30 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break

10:45 am – 11:45 pm Sexual Harassment: Moving from Institutional Betrayal to Institutional Courage
Jennifer Freyd, University of Oregon powerpoint

11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Handling Sexual Harassment at the Institutional Level
Moderator: Alice Agogino, Committee Member, University of California, Berkeley
Kirsten Quanbeck and Diane O'Dowd, University of California, Irvine powerpoint
Enobong (Anna) Branch, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Public Comment Session
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Coffee Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Preventing and Handling Sexual Harassment
Moderator: Beth Hillman, Committee Member, Mills College
Heather Flewelling and Katherine Alatalo, Astronomy Allies powerpoint
Jackson Katz, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program
Saira Jesrai, LRN

4:30 pm Workshop Adjourns
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Reception and Dinner at Beckman Center with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine and Invited Guests (INVITATION ONLY)

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