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Rutgers Diversity & Inclusion Research Symposium

Moving Beyond Legal Compliance: Sexual Harassment Prevention and Culture Change

Presented via Live Stream on Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Over 500 people viewed via Live Stream the Rutgers Diversity and Inclusion Symposium “ Moving Beyond Legal Compliance: Sexual Harassment Prevention and Culture Change.”

The Rutgers Diversity and Inclusion Research Symposium was presented on April 2, 2020. The program Moving Beyond Legal Compliance: Sexual Harassment Prevention and Culture Change had over 500 people that tuned in that day to view a series of panels and hear from featured speakers.  Many more faculty from around the nation have tuned in since that date to view the program.

The symposium program focused on raising awareness of the impact of sexual harassment on individuals’ careers in academia, presentations on research findings and related data, and exploring ways to reduce sexual misconduct by making systemic cultural and climate changes at Rutgers and in higher education in general.

Distinguished Rutgers faculty and guest scholars listed below framed the panel topics and discussed recommendations derived from the Report of the Rutgers University Committee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Culture Change.  The Rutgers committee report is informed by research and findings of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Consensus Study that was issued in June of 2018.

In the Academies Report the STEM scholars noted that the “persistence of sexual harassment in Higher Education is a crisis that universities need to address.” It called on academic institutions to reduce sexual harassment by making systemic cultural changes that demonstrate how seriously they take the issue.

Featured speakers

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

Dr. Frazier Benya, Senior Program Officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, currently serves as the Director of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. She was also a member of the study group for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Consensus Study
Topic: Sexual Harassment’s Impact and Strategies for Addressing and Preventing It.

Panelists and Topics

  • Leadership Subcommittee chair: Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield, Executive Vice Chancellor, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Newark
     
  • Faculty Reward Systems Subcommittee chair: Karen Stubaus, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
     
  • Transparency Subcommittee chair: Adrienne Eaton, Dean, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  • Consensual Relationships Subcommittee member: Sally Goldfarb, Professor at Rutgers Law School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
     
  • Assessment Subcommittee chair: Sarah McMahon, Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work and Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
     
  • Training, Information, and Communication Subcommittee chair: Beth Tracy, Senior Director, Rutgers Office for Faculty Development, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

This program was co-sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; the University Committee on Diversity, Race, and Gender; and The Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes.  The Office of the Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives in Diversity and Inclusion administered this event.