Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

Leadership Group

The Action Collaborative will be overseen by a group of individuals who will serve for four years and be responsible for providing overall guidance and direction for the Action Collaborative. This Leadership Group will include leaders from the higher education community and leaders involved with the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The leadership group will ensure that the Action Collaborative is working toward its main goals, which are to:

• Raise awareness about sexual harassment and how it occurs, the consequences of sexual harassment, and the organizational characteristics and recommended approaches that can prevent it.
• Share and elevate evidence-based institutional policies and strategies to reduce and prevent sexual harassment.
• Contribute to setting the research agenda, and gather and apply research results across institutions.
• Develop a standard for measuring progress toward reducing and preventing sexual harassment in higher education.

Vineet Arora, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Learning Environment at University of Chicago Medicine and Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery at the Pritzker School of Medicine.
Cynthia Barnhart, Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ana Mari Cauce, President of the University of Washington.
Elizabeth L. Hillman, President of Mills College.
Francisco Rodriguez, Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District

Leadership Biographies

Dr. Vineet Arora, MAPP is a Professor of Medicine who also serves as Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Learning Environment at University of Chicago Medicine and Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery at the Pritzker School of Medicine. As a bridging leader, she works with educational and hospital leadership to improve and align clinical and learning outcomes to enhance both patient and staff outcomes. An accomplished researcher, she is PI of NIH grants to evaluate novel interventions that combine systems change with learning theory to improve care and was inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation which recognizes an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in biomedical research. She is currently PI of an NIH Science of Mentoring Award to evaluate the effectiveness of mentor training on female and minority medical student research career outcomes at 8 medical schools. As an advocate for women in medicine, she was featured in the New York Times for an editorial that called to end the gender pay gap in medicine. She is a founding member of the 501c3 Women of Impact dedicated to advancing women leaders in healthcare and of TIME’S UP Healthcare, which is dedicated to ending gender inequities and ensuring creation of a safe, equitable, and dignified healthcare workforce.

Dr. Cynthia Barnhart
is the Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Appointed as Chancellor in 2014, Dr. Barnhart is reimagining student life and learning at MIT to meet the needs of today’s students. She is responsible for advising the president on undergraduate and graduate education and residential life policies. She plays a leading role in strategic planning, faculty appointments, resource development, and campus planning activities. Over the past four years, she has overseen a significant expansion in student health and wellness programs, launched a multifaceted campaign to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct on campus, and focused on new efforts to enhance undergraduate and graduate education. A member of the Institute’s faculty since 1992, Dr. Barnhart has a distinguished record of service to her students and community. She is a Ford Foundation Professor of Engineering and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She previously served as associate and acting dean of the School of Engineering and co-directed both the Operations Research Center and the Center for Transportation and Logistics.
Her teaching and research is in the areas of large-scale optimization, airlines operations, the global airline industry, and transportation operations, planning, and control. She has supervised scores of graduate and undergraduate theses across a range of disciplines, and has published widely in the flagship journals of her field. Dr. Barnhart came to MIT in 1984 to pursue graduate work in transportation and operations research, earning her SM in transportation in 1985 and her PhD in 1988. An INFORMS Fellow and elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, she has received honorary doctorates from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2014) and the University of Toronto (2016).

Dr. Ana Mari Cauce
is the President of the University of Washington and is leading the university in advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding the UW’s dedication to its public mission and infusing the entire university with a commitment to innovation. Dr. Cauce has been a member of UW faculty since 1986 as a professor of Psychology and American Ethnic Studies, with secondary appointments in the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and the College of Education. Her research focuses on adolescent development, with a special emphasis on at-risk youth. She is also a strong advocate for women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. During the course of her career at UW, Cauce has been appointed to various leadership positions, including director of the UW Honors Program, chair of American Ethnic Studies, chair of Psychology, executive vice provost and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2011 Cauce was named provost and executive vice president, responsible for overseeing the education, research and service missions of the university’s schools, colleges and other academic units. Raised in Miami after emigrating with her family from Cuba, Cauce earned a B.A. in English and psychology from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in psychology, with a concentration in child clinical and community psychology, from Yale University.

Dr. Elizabeth L. Hillman is the 14th president of Mills College. Dr. Hillman brings to Mills extensive experience in higher education administration and instruction and a distinguished background working on key gender and women’s issues. She served on the study committee that produced the 2018 CWSEM report on the Sexual Harassment of Women and she has been active in dissemination for the report. She is the former provost and academic dean at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she also served as the chief academic officer. Prior to her position at Hastings, Dr. Hillman served as professor of law and director of faculty development at Rutgers University School of Law and taught at Yale University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. She also was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where she served as a space operations officer and orbital analyst. Dr. Hillman’s expertise in sexual violence and gender issues in military organizations and culture has brought her national and international recognition. She has been an expert witness testifying before Congress on numerous occasions, including at the Congressional Women’s Caucus hearing to address nonconsensual pornography in the U.S. military (Marines United). She is a sought-after educator and speaker on the topics of sexual assault and harassment, and women’s leadership and rights. In 2013–2014 she served on the Response Systems to the Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel (RSP), an independent panel chartered by the U.S. Congress to study and make recommendations about sexual assault in the U.S. military. She also chaired the RSP’s Comparative Systems Subcommittee, leading the preparation and drafting of a comprehensive report recommending significant changes to improve military responses to sexual assault. She is a founding member of the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, and currently serves on the board of the Women’s College Coalition and as a member of the NCAA Division III Chancellors and Presidents Advisory Group. She received her B.S. in electrical engineering from Duke University in 1989 and an M.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and went on to receive a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2000 and a Ph.D. in history with a focus on women’s history from Yale University in 2001.

Dr. Francisco Rodriguez is the chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, the largest community college district in the nation with nine, accredited colleges, over 250,000 students enrolled, and an annual budget of $5.8 billion. Appointed chancellor of the District in 2014, Dr. Rodriguez has worked to raise the District's profile and improve its reputation as the best urban community college district in the nation. A noted scholar and education activist, Dr. Rodriguez has 30 years of experience as an educator, faculty member, and administrator within California public higher education. Dr. Rodriguez has dedicated his career to high quality public education and championing diversity, equity and inclusion, and outreach to underserved communities. In particular, Dr. Rodriguez has focused his career on educational policies that expand access to higher education and financial aid, tireless advocacy for undocumented students and student-veterans, and the leadership development of young Latino and African American males. He frequently speaks on the topics of higher education, student access and success, governance and governing boards, workforce development, fundraising and philanthropy, and community. Dr. Rodriguez serves as chair of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for the Directorate of Education and Human Resources and the director of the Board of Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Born and raised in San Francisco, Dr. Rodriguez attended the University of California, Davis, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Chicano studies and his master's degree in community development. He received his Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University, and serves as a lecturer in the doctoral education programs at Sacramento State University and at San Diego State University.