Sexual Harassment in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

A Workshop on the Strategies for Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine
March 28, 2017
United States Institute of Peace
Washington, D.C. 

Recent media coverage of sexual harassment in science, engineering, and medicine has highlighted the fact that the processes in place to address sexual harassment in academic settings often do not function effectively, resulting in a negative impact on faculty, students, and  staff in the nation’s scientific, engineering, and medical workforce.  To address this issue, 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 convened a 1-day workshop in Washington D.C. on March 28th 2017. Distinguished scholars, educators, professional society leaders, and policy experts gathered to discuss policies, strategies, and practices for addressing sexual harassment in academia. 


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Welcome and Opening Remarks 
Paula Johnson, Committee Co-Chair, Wellesley College
Sheila Widnall, Committee Co-Chair, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Session 1: Strategies for Addressing Sexual Harassment at Professional and Scientific Society Meetings
Moderator: Billy Williams, American Geophysical Union
Sherry Marts, Smarts Consulting - presentation slides
Dara Norman, American Astronomical Society - presentation slides
Chris McEntee, American Geophysical Union
Diana Lautenberger, Association of American Medical Colleges - presentation slides

Session 2: Promising Practices for Training
Moderator: Vicki Magley, University of Connecticut
Eden King, George Mason University - presentation slides
Sharyn Potter, University of New Hampshire - presentation slides
Justine Tinkler, University of Georgia - presentation slides


Session 3: Challenges, Opportunities, and Approaches for Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Institutions
Moderator: Ed Lazowska, University of Washington
Myra Hindus, Creative Diversity Solutions
David Mogk, Montana State University - presentation slides 
Shereen Bingham, University of Nebraska - presentation slides
Fran Sepler, Sepler & Associates - presentation slides

Session 4: Policy Interventions to Address Sexual Harassment in Academia
Moderator: Connie Morella, Former Congresswoman for Maryland
Miriam Goldstein, Legislative Director for Representative Jackie Speier’s Office
Sharon Masling and Jim Paretti, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - presentation slides
Janet Koster, Association for Women in Science

Public Comment Session