Sexual Harassment in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Together We Can Do Better: 
A Convening of Leaders in Academia to Prevent Sexual Harassment

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Friday, November 9, 2018
National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Fred Kavli Auditorium
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Over the last two decades, important gains have been made in the participation of women in science, engineering, and biomedical disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the United States. More women than ever are also joining the faculty ranks in these fields and moving into leadership positions in higher education. While progress is slow, the reduction in the “gender gap” is encouraging. However, more rapid and sustained progress in closing the gender gap in science, engineering, and medicine is jeopardized by the persistence of sexual harassment and its adverse impact on women’s careers in our nation’s colleges and universities.

On November 9, 2018, join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a convocation on developing and implementing policies, procedures, and practices to prevent sexual harassment in academia. Building on the recommendations in the recent report Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine, this event will bring together academic leaders, Title IX and diversity officers, ombudsmen, researchers in sexual harassment, and leaders from professional societies, foundations, and federal agencies to discuss strategies
and share promising practices.

With plenary sessions to inform and inspire change, breakout sessions to allow attendees to develop and strategize plans with colleagues and experts, and panel discussions to gather different perspectives and ideas, this convocation promises to be a platform for inspiring and initiating actions to change institutional cultures and climates in academia around sexual harassment.

We ask that all participants and speakers abide by our discrimination, harassment, and bullying policy:
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) are committed to the principles of diversity, integrity, civility, and respect in all of our activities. We look to you to be a partner in this commitment by helping us to maintain a professional and cordial environment. All forms of discrimination, harassment, and bullying are prohibited in any NASEM activity. This commitment applies to all participants in all settings and locations in which NASEM work and activities are conducted, including committee meetings, workshops, conferences, and other work and social functions where employees, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, or guests are present.