Addressing Sexual Harassment in STEM

Center for STEM Learning, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS - January 14, 2019

Facilitators: Blair Schneider and Meredith Hastings

This one-day workshop is designed for academic leaders to identify and address sexual and other types of harassment as scientific misconduct and equips individuals and departments with skills to:

  • recognize harassment in different research and educational settings and how it is experienced by individuals with different gender, racial and ethnic identities
  • implement positive, pro-social direct and indirect behaviors to stop harassment (bystander intervention)
  • produce, implement, and enforce ethical codes of conduct
  • educate themselves about resources to reduce the harm caused by harassment


The one day workshop consisted of a series of three developmental sessions, as described below.

9:00 - 9:15 - Sign in and Coffee

9:15 – 11:15 - Session 1

  • Bias Agression and Privilege Slides - KU Jan 2019 (Acrobat (PDF) 2.4MB Jan17 19)
  • ​Addressed privilege, unconscious bias and micro aggressions.
  • This session focused on how these topics impact the recruitment and retention in STEM fields, as well as ways individuals can empower themselves to create positive workplace climates.

11:15 – 12:15 - Lunch Discussion and Break

12:15 – 3:15 - Session 2

  • Bystander Intervention Slides - KU Jan 2019 (Acrobat (PDF) 2.5MB Jan17 19)
  • Addressed harassment in different research and educational settings and taught faculty and academic leadership how to be active bystanders.

3:15 – 3:30 - Break

3:30 – 5:00 - Session 3

  • Codes of Conduct Slides - KU Jan 2019 (Acrobat (PDF) 253kB Jan17 19)
  • Addressed the development of a departmental Code of Conduct.
  • The resources in the session identified necessary elements of effective codes of conduct and provided examples and a template for each department to develop their own Code of Conduct.
  • The last part of the session involved the writing of a Code to take to their home faculty.