Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

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April 10, 2019
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National Academies Join Colleges and Universities to Launch Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

About

The 2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on Sexual Harassment of Women concludes that system-wide changes to the culture and climate in higher education are needed to prevent and address sexual harassment, and provides a roadmap for institutions of higher education to make these changes. To advance these efforts, the National Academies have joined with over 40 colleges, universities, and research institutions to launch an Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. The purpose of the Action Collaborative is to bring together leaders from academic institutions and key stakeholders to work toward targeted, collective action on addressing and preventing sexual harassment across all disciplines and among all people in higher education. The action collaborative creates an active space where colleges, universities, and other research and training institutions will identify, research, develop, and implement efforts that move beyond basic legal compliance to evidence-based policies and practices for addressing and preventing all forms of sexual harassment and promoting a campus climate of civility and respect. The Action Collaborative will address sexual harassment experienced by all people in higher education and will deal with the issue in the context of other damaging behaviors including bullying, incivility, and other forms of harassment that occur across all campus settings and at all levels of the institutional hierarchy. The Action Collaborative is tasked with four main goals:

  • Raise awareness about sexual harassment, its consequences, and the approaches for addressing and preventing it
  • Share and elevate evidence-based policies and strategies for reducing and preventing sexual harassment
  • Contribute to setting a shared research agenda for this work, and gather and apply research results across institutions
  • Develop a standard for measuring progress toward reducing and preventing sexual harassment in higher education

Role of the National Academies

Guided by the initial roadmap created by the 2018 report, the National Academies will serve as a neutral convener and will support and facilitate the work of the Action Collaborative by:

  • Holding annual meetings for members to learn from each other as well as from experts and key stakeholders
  • Convening and holding public workshops involving the broader higher education community, key stakeholders, and experts for the purpose of sharing and advancing innovative ideas and successful practices for preventing sexual harassment
  • Organizing the members of the Action Collaborative into working groups that will identify promising practices within and beyond their institutions; engage and learn from those doing work and developing new approaches; and work to address any on-the-ground barriers, unintended consequences, and challenges that arise in working to implement promising strategies and best practices
  • Sharing publicly the promising practices, resources, tools, research, and lessons learned from the work of the Action Collaborative members
     
Expectation of Members

This Action Collaborative is convened in the spirit of collaboration to develop promising practices, share communications strategies and resources, speak with a collective voice, and motivate real action to address and prevent sexual harassment across higher education. Each member of the Action Collaborative commits to develop new approaches to address the problem from a preventative orientation; to implement and test new or revised programs, policies, and practices each year; to share the results from these new or revised approaches each year; and to identify and engage a group of additional individuals at the institution who can assist and inform this work (these individuals are expected to include experts, researchers, key stakeholders, and individuals with job responsibilities related to issues of sexual harassment).

Institutions that are interested in joining or learning more about these efforts can contact the director of the Action Collaborative, Dr. Frazier Benya, at fbenya@nas.edu.


Members of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

The following list includes 28 founding members (denoted by *). Read the founding members' co-signed commitment statement (131 KB, PDF)

American University in Cairo*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Argonne National Laboratory
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Boston University
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Caltech*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Carnegie Mellon University
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Children's Hospital Los Angeles*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

City College of New York
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Colorado College
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Columbia University/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Cornell University
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Dartmouth College*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Duke University*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Grinnell College
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Harvard University*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

International Ombudsman Association
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Johns Hopkins University*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Los Angeles Community College District*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Michigan State University*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Mills College*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Massachusetts Institute of Technology* 
Commitment Letter Representatives

National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Northwestern University*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Olin College of Engineering*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Purdue University
Commitment Letter Representatives

Rutgers University*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Stanford University*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

The Ohio State University
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Alaska System
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of California Berkeley
Commitment Letter / Representatives

 

 

University of California Los Angeles
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of California Merced
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of California Riverside*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of California San Diego
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of California San Francisco
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of California Santa Barbara
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of California Santa Cruz
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Chicago
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Kansas
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Massachusetts Amherst*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Michigan*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Minnesota
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Tennessee, Knoxville*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

University of Washington*
Commitment Letter  / Representatives

University of Wisconsin System*
Commitment Letters / Representatives

University of Southern California*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Vanderbilt University*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Vanderbilt University Medical Center*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Washington University School of Medicine/
Washington University in St. Louis
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Wellesley College*
Commitment Letter / Representatives

West Virginia University
Commitment Letter / Representatives

Yale University*
Commitment Letter / Representatives