Person in outdoor setting We take a multi-level approach to transform workplace climate (sensu De Welde and Stepnick, 2015): at the institutional level, by addressing academic cultures through the leadership of scientific societies and on campus efforts; structurally, through policies and processes that guide professional conduct and response to sexual and other types of harassment; and individually, through education and empowerment of all members of our community.

The aims of our research are to:

  1. Collect and analyze data on workplace climate experiences in the geosciences and ecological sciences.
  2. Develop and test bystander intervention training programs with discipline-relevant scenarios and that incorporate intersectionality.
  3. Develop modules on sexual misconduct and bullying for use in research ethics training.
  4. Disseminate training workshops, webinars, and teaching modules via partnership with professional societies.
  5. Develop a sustainable model that can be transferred to other STEM disciplines.

Our work initially focused on the geosciences or earth and space sciences. A supplemental award has expanded our work into the ecological and biological sciences. Current organizational partners include: American Geophysical Union, Association for Women Geoscientists, Earth Science Women's Network, Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Long-Term Ecological Research Network, Animal Behavior Society, and the Evolution Societies.

Related work prior to this NSF award