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#MeTooPhd: Sexual Harassment in the Academy

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am


The Professional Development Initiative Presents:

#MeTooPhd: Sexual Harassment in the Academy


In this presentation, I will discuss some things I learned from the experience of creating the Sexual Harassment Crowdsource Survey, including the range and scope of sexual harassment in academic settings (including departments, labs, research centers, campuses, academic conferences, etc.), patterns of predation, options for victims, and recommendations to institutions wishing to combat this scourge in the #MeTooPhD moment. I will discuss the profiles of predators that emerged from the survey, common patterns of protection/enabling/silencing of victims by colleagues and administrators, and particular vulnerabilities of women of color and queer/trans women in these contexts.

**This presentation does NOT include any specific information shared by any of the contributors to the survey.  The content is based on larger-scale patterns that I saw emerge from many stories, and thoughts and ideas I have about ways to move forward.***

I will talk about why academia is so conducive to this form of harassment, and I will focus in particular on suggestions to help vulnerable populations recognize and confront harassment, in order to empower victims and potential victims to protect themselves, find both formal and informal support and make educated decisions about going public.

I’ll discuss the pros and cons of filing formal complaints, the current resources and limitations of Title IX policies, and immediate steps that departments and disciplinary associations can take to lessen the occurrence of harassment on campus and at conferences.

All PDI events will be available to sites other than Pullman through a web link that will be emailed to you before the event. Please make sure to register on the link below and indicate at which WSU site you are located.

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February 8
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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CUB L60 (Butch’s Den)
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163 United States
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