Preventing Sexual Harassment in Academia: Nov. 9 Convocation

Important gains have been made in the participation of women in science, engineering, and medicine at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the U.S., but progress is jeopardized by the persistence of sexual harassment in colleges and universities and its adverse impact on women’s careers.

On Nov. 9 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a convocation on developing and implementing policies, procedures, and practices to prevent sexual harassment in academia. Building on the recommendations in the recent National Academies report Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the event will bring together academic leaders, Title IX and diversity officers, ombudsmen, researchers in sexual harassment, and other stakeholders to discuss strategies and share promising practices. The morning sessions will be webcast. More information, an agenda, and webcast registration are available online

8:30 a.m. EST to 3:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 9, in the Kavli Auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Reporters who wish to attend should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information, tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail