Workshop: Improving Our Work Climate: Responding to Sexual Harassment

Boston University, Department of Earth and Environment, May 7, 2018

Facilitators: Meredith Hastings and David Mogk

This interactive session will describe academic practices and institutional structures that allow for sexual harassment and other hostile behaviors to persist, discuss initiatives to address harassment as research misconduct, and provide training in personal intervention strategies to protect and support targets of harassment. As a result of this session, participants will be able to identify: (1) different ways in which sexual harassment can manifest in research environments; (2) strategies for bystander intervention, and (3) resources to share with their home departments for cultural change.

Download Powerpoint slides presented during workshop. (Acrobat (PDF) 25.7MB May11 18)

Download Handout 1 - Overview, Resources, Discussion Questions (Acrobat (PDF) 65kB Mar8 18)

Download Handout 2 - Case Study Scenarios, Bystander Intervention Ds (Acrobat (PDF) 53kB May11 18)

Download Handout 3 - Notes from discussion and Follow Up Resources (Acrobat (PDF) 65kB May14 18)


Society, Department, Field Codes of Conduct Examples:


    • This website has resources on professionalism for scientists and researchers to guide behaviors and attitudes around interactions with colleagues in the work environment and with the public in serving a wide variety of societal needs. Please use this module as a guide for self-assessment of your classes, lab, department or program. The goal is to help identify instances of unprofessional conduct, to prevent these from becoming major issues, and to provide the support to encourage scientists to act to mitigate and resolve these issues.
  • American Geophysical Union anti-harassment resources
    • As part of its recent Safe AGU campaign, the American Geophysical Union has created a website with resources for scientific institutions and organization to promote a safe work environment and to ensure that program activities are free from discrimination, bias or harassment of any type.
  • ADVANCEGeo Resources Website
    • As part of a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, the ADVANCEGeo website will include resources for individuals and departments to improve work climate conditions to address sexual and other types of harassment on campus and in the field.

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