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Project Title:

Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia
PIN: PGA-BHEW-16-03        

Major Unit:

Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Board on Higher Education & Workforce

RSO: Benya, Frazier F

Subject/Focus Area: Education; Policy for Science and Technology

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee under the oversight of CWSEM will undertake a study of the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. The study will include the following:

• Review of the research on the extent to which women in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine are victimized by sexual harassment on college and university campuses, in research labs and field sites; at hospitals/medical centers; and in other academic environments;

• Examination of existing information on the extent to which sexual harassment in academia negatively impacts the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women pursuing  scientific, engineering, technical, and medical careers, with comparative evidence drawn from  other sectors, such as the military, government, and the private sector.

• Identification and analysis of policies, strategies and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing sexual harassment in these settings.

For purposes of this study, the definition of sexual harassment includes unwanted sexual advances and requests for sexual favors and other unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature, as well as those situations in which the work or study environment is made intimidating or offensive as a result of actions that are gender-based and that interfere with an individual’s academic or work performance, opportunities for advancement, and morale.

The committee will issue a consensus report at the conclusion of the study. A Final Report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 24 months. The first committee meeting will take place on February 10, 2017.

Henry Luce Foundation
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 02/10/2017
 Meeting 2 - 03/28/2017
 Meeting 3 - 06/20/2017
 Meeting 4 - 10/04/2017
 Meeting 5 - 10/25/2017
 Meeting 6 - 12/08/2017
 Meeting 7 - 01/11/2018
 Meeting 8 - 06/12/2018


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