National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to Visit Campus

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The community is invited to learn about NASEM’s report on sexual harassment Jan. 13-14.

Aerial view of campus in winter
(Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

On Jan. 13 and 14, representatives from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will be on campus to meet with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and administrators to discuss the findings of the academies’ 2018 consensus report, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.”

The recommendations of the NASEM report form the basis of Dartmouth’s Campus Climate and Culture Initiative (C3I), which addresses sexual harassment and the abuse of power on campus. C3I is one of three initiatives the College has started in recent years to improve campus climate, along with Moving Dartmouth Forward, an effort to prevent high-risk behavior, and Inclusive Excellence, which is strengthening the College’s work to increase diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Last year, Dartmouth, along with 40 other colleges and universities, joined an action collaborative with NASEM to bring together academic leaders and other key stakeholders to work to prevent sexual harassment across higher education. The collaborative is designed to allow its members to research and develop efforts that move beyond basic legal compliance to evidence-based policies and practices for addressing and preventing all forms of sexual harassment.

“The recommendations provide higher education institutions a way to institutionalize change—to consider the career cycle of faculty, staff, and students and find points we can target to reduce sexual harassment and increase retention of women and marginalized communities,” says Theodosia Cook, director of C3I. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity for our community to ask questions and learn more about the report and the work of the action collaborative.”

The NASEM representatives include Frazier Benya, the senior program officer with NASEM’s Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CWSEM); Arielle Baker, Guarini ’19, an associate program officer with CWSEM; and Lilia Cortina, a professor of psychology, women’s studies, and management at the University of Michigan. During their visit, the three will meet with senior leaders, administrators, faculty, staff, and students in the Arts and Sciences, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and staff are invited to a main event with Benya, Baker, and Cortina at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, in the Grand Ballroom of the Hanover Inn. The meeting is limited to 150 participants.

The three will have lunch with undergraduates at noon on Jan. 13 in the Birch Room of the Hanover Inn, and breakfast with graduate students on Jan. 14 at 7:30 a.m., also in the Birch Room. Attendance for both events is limited to 25.

They will also be available by appointment to meet with individuals about the NASEM report, NASEM Action Collaborative, and research on sexual harassment.

To register for these three events, or to schedule an appointment, visit the CSI NASEM visit web page.

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