Sexual Harassment in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Event Highlight


Together we can do better
Together We Can Do Better: A Convening of Leaders in Academia to Prevent Sexual Harassment 
Friday, November 9, 2018
National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Fred Kavli Auditorium
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC

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Affiliated Events



February 16 3:30 - 5:00 pm
AAAS: Preventing Sexual Harassment: Next Steps for Science, Engineering, and Medicine
A committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine studied the impacts of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in science, engineering, and medicine and approaches to preventing it. The resulting consensus report released in June 2018 identified policies, strategies, and practices to prevent and address sexual harassment. The panelists will share the findings and recommendations from the report, as well as their own research and approaches to this issue, and discuss actions taken by those in higher education since the release of the report.

January 10, 2019: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Society for Historical Archaeology Conference: Sexual harassment and contempt for women in the sciences: climate, culture, and consequences followed by Workshop: Inclusive Archaeology: How to Lead with your Values
Most efforts to reduce sexual harassment focus on sexual forms of harassment such as unwanted sexual advances and sexual coercion. This leads to attention to reporting procedures, knowledge-based training, and the disclosure of workplace consensual relationships. However, over 90% of workplace harassment is gender harassment, or a sexist hostility that displays contempt for women. What's more, despite its seemingly less "severe" form, gender harassment has equal and often worse professional consequences for women. Gender harassment is also a precursor to sexual forms of harassment. To address gender harassment, we need to address culture and climate issues that make contempt for women a common and seemingly intractable problem in the sciences.

DECEMBER 12, 2018, Plenary session 12:30-1:30pm
AGU Fall Meeting: Sexual Harassment Of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
A Panel Discussion during the AGU Fall Meeting will discuss recommendations from our report with special emphasis on Earth and Space Science Work Environments.  AGU’s Ethics, Response to Harassment, and Work-Climate Related Events at Fall Meeting 2018 will provide attendees the knowledge to help transform workplace culture at scientific institutions. Improving workplace culture will allow all to thrive, which will ultimately help drive innovation, discoveries and solutions for the next 100 years. Download the flyer

NOVEMBER 5, 2018

Brandeis University: Making the Equality Dream a Reality: Confronting Bias and Harassment
Possibly best known for being thrust into the spotlight in 1991 amid her allegations against Clarence Thomas while testifying at the Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Anita Hill remains a pioneer on matters of equality and discrimination in the workplace. Today, as a law professor at Brandeis University and the leader of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, Hill continues her mission and trailblazing efforts by fighting for institutional change to increase parity and protection for women and minorities. 

OCTOBER 18, 2018
MIT: Sexual Harassment in Science 2018 Panel Discussion Series
In 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine assembled a committee to conduct a study on the impact of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. The committee published a comprehensive report titled, "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine," in June 2018. The report identifies key findings on the causes and impacts of sexual harassment, and recommendations for institutional policies, strategies, and practices to address and prevent it. Please join panelists Chris Poulsen (Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences; Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering, U-M); Elizabeth L. Hillman (President of Mills College); Kathryn Clancy (Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois); Timothy McKay (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Education, U-M) to discuss a summary of the report, discussion from the report’s co-authors, commentary from disciplinary experts, and Q&A with the audience. The panel will offer broad discussion of use to any member of the university community or the public interested in sexual harassment in academia.

OCTOBER 1, 2018
University of Michigan: Sexual Harassment in Engineering 2018 Panel Discussion Series
In 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine assembled a committee to conduct a study on the impact of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. The committee published a comprehensive report titled, "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine," in June 2018. The report identifies key findings on the causes and impacts of sexual harassment, and recommendations for institutional policies, strategies, and practices to address and prevent it. Persistent sexual harassment in STEM fields, and its adverse impacts on women’s careers, jeopardizes progress in closing the gender gap, damages research integrity, and results in a costly loss of talent. The panel will include a summary of the report, discussion from the report’s co-authors, commentary from disciplinary experts, and Q&A with the audience. The panel will offer broad discussion of use to any member of the university community or the public interested in sexual harassment in academia. A reception will follow.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
MIT: Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Panel Discussion
The National Academies' Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a study on the sexual harassment of women in academic sciences, engineering, and medicine, specifically looking at how it affects the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in these fields. The report examines the factors that predict high rates of sexual harassment and includes recommendations for addressing and preventing sexual harassment. Please join Report Co-Chairs Sheila Widnall, Aerospace Researcher and Institute Professor at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Paula A. Johnson, President of Wellesley College, and also Anita Hill, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Affiliate for a panel discussion to discuss the findings and recommendations of the report. 

AUGUST 30, 2018

GUIRR Webinar: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Beyond
The National Academies' Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a study on the sexual harassment of women in academic sciences, engineering, and medicine, specifically looking at how it affects the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in these fields. The report examines the factors that predict high rates of sexual harassment and includes recommendations for addressing and preventing sexual harassment. Please join GUIRR for a webinar with two members of the authoring committee—Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, and Vicki Magley, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut—to discuss why addressing organizational climate is important to preventing sexual harassment and how certain policies and strategies recommended in the report can be applied in academia and industry to prevent sexual harassment.

Past NASEM Events


Report Related

JUNE 26, 2018
Report Discussion
How can academic institutions and other industries improve in the #MeToo era? Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on June 26th for discussion with leaders in higher education and those in entertainment, technology, medicine, and politics, about what actions can be taken to prevent sexual harassment. The discussion will revolve around a new report by the National Academies that presents a comprehensive review of the research, experiences, and effects of sexual harassment on women and their careers in science, engineering, and medicine. In addition to evidence-based findings, the report provides recommendations for how organizations can prevent and address sexual harassment in academic settings, specifically in science, engineering, and medicine. 
 

JUNE 12, 2018
Public Report Release Event
Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for the public release of a new report, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report presents a comprehensive review of the research, experiences, and effects of sexual harassment on women and their careers in science, engineering, and medicine. In addition to evidence-based findings, the report provides recommendations for how organizations can prevent and address sexual harassment in academic settings, specifically in science, engineering, and medicine.

Committee Meetings


JANUARY 11, 2018 - JANUARY 12, 2018
7th Committee Meeting [CLOSED MEETING]
Washington D.C.

DECEMBER 8, 2017 - DECEMBER 8, 2017
6th Committee Meeting [CLOSED MEETING]
Virtual Meeting

OCTOBER 25, 2017
5th Committee Meeting
Virtual Meeting via WebEx

OCTOBER 4-5, 2017
4th Committee Meeting
Boston, MA
JUNE 20-21, 2017
3rd Committee Meeting
Irvine, CA

MARCH 28-29, 2017
2nd Committee Meeting
Washington, DC

FEBRUARY 10, 2017
1st Committee Meeting
Via Webex