Responding to growing awareness of sexual harassment in academia, the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine initiated a study on the impacts of sexual harassment on the career advancement of women in these disciplines in academia. The study committee conducted (1) a review of research on the extent to which women are victimized by sexual harassment, (2) an examination of information on the extent to which sexual harassment in academia negatively impacts the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women pursuing careers in science, engineering, and medicine, and (3) an analysis of policies, strategies, and practices that have been most successful in preventing and addressing sexual harassment. They gathered information through public workshops on the prevalence of sexual harassment, impacts of harassment and reporting procedures, legal requirements of Title IX and Title VII, strategies for training, and approaches at the federal, professional society, and institutional level for preventing and addressing sexual harassment. Consultant Kevin Swartout, from Georgia State University, analyzed results from the Administrator Research Campus Climate Collaborative (ARC3) to reveal the incidence of sexual harassment on college campuses among students in the STEM fields. Additional consultants from RTI International conducted 40 individual telephone interviews with female faculty in science, engineering, and medicine to understand the impact sexual harassment has on academic careers of women in these fields, to understand what works and does not in how sexual harassment is handled, and to gather feedback about potential strategies and policies that might enable institutions to reduce sexual harassment. The resulting report from the committee details the results of this information gathering and makes recommendations for addressing and preventing sexual harassment in academic science, engineering, and medicine.
Four members of the CWSEM will discuss the report, the findings, and recommendations for engineering education faculty and administrators.
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Dr. Benya is the likely moderator of a panel of four engineering members of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley
Professor of Engineering at Santa Barbara Community College
Dean of Engineering at The City College of the City University of New York