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Rutgers Diversity & Inclusion Research Symposium

Moving Beyond Legal Compliance: Sexual Harassment Prevention and Culture Change

Thursday, April 2, 2020    |   8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

New Brunswick Theological Seminary
35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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The aim of the symposium is to raise awareness of the impact of sexual harassment on individuals’ careers in academia and explore ways to reduce sexual misconduct by making systemic cultural and climate changes on our campuses.  

The day’s programs will be framed by topics and recommendations from the Report of the Rutgers University Committee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Culture Change.  The Rutgers report is informed by research and findings of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Consensus Study issued in June of 2018, where STEM scholars noted that the “persistence of sexual harassment in Higher Education is a crisis that universities need to address.”

We are honored to have two distinguished keynote speakers on the symposium agenda.  Dr. Frazier Benya, Senior Program Officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, currently also serves as the Director of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.  Dr. Benya served as study director for the National Academies’ Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  The title of her talk is “Sexual Harassment’s Impact and Strategies for Addressing and Preventing It.”  

Dr. Enobong (Anna) Branch, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement and Professor of Sociology at Rutgers-New Brunswick, is currently on the advisory committee of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.  The title of her talk is “Gender Salience and Racial Frames, Potential Potholes for Women in Science: Understanding the Context Before and the Potential Consequences of Sexual Harassment.”

The program will also include a series of panels led by faculty from New Brunswick, Camden, Newark and RBHS.  Panel discussions will be grounded in research, inclusive of diverse voices, and consistent with the findings and recommendations of the Reports noted above.  Program topics will focus on applying an intersectional lens to sexual harassment and related topics pertaining to how gender and power intersect and are enmeshed within other aspects of identity.

Panel speakers will include subcommittee chairs and/or co-chairs of the Rutgers University Committee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Culture Change:

  • Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Executive Vice Chancellor and Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers-Newark
  • Adrienne Eaton, Dean, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers-New Brunswick
  • Sally Goldfarb, Professor, Rutgers Law School, Rutgers-Camden
  • Sarah McMahon, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, and Director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers-New Brunswick
  • Karen Stubaus, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Carol A. Terregino, Senior Associate Dean for Education and Academic Affairs, RWJMS
  • Beth Tracy, Senior Director Office of Faculty Development
  • Ann Treadaway, Director, Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services

The symposium is co-sponsored by the University Committee on Diversity, Race, and Gender and by the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes. 

The program is open to all Rutgers faculty and advanced graduate students.  Seating is limited, so please register early.  This event will be available via Livestream.

Directions and Parking Information:

Please note that Rutgers-New Brunswick Faculty, Staff, and Students must park in their authorized lots.

Visitors (not Rutgers affiliated) may park in Lot 30 & College Avenue Deck without permits. Visitors must use the below link to register for the event.  Until this process is completed their vehicles are not registered and your guests may receive a citation.  Special event parking and special event permits are only for visitors to the University which does not include free metered parking.