Ending Sexual Harassment in the Academy Summit
August 15-17, 2018
It is no doubt that the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements reflect a watershed moment in the history of the US and the world. Inspired by these movements, we believe that it is time for academics to come (back) together and form novel and public solutions in response to the pervasive and insidious problem of sexism and the intersectional forces of racism, classism, and heterosexism within higher education.
Although women on college campuses, women faculty and academic programs such as Women's
& Gender Studies have long examined structural inequalities and led the way for decades,
we are living through a time of increased awareness and willingness to engage in action.
We are inviting all members of the academic community who want to be part of the solution
to participate in a summit to connect, brainstorm, share ideas and stories, offer
concrete recommendations, and formulate action plans to move forward.
We envision the summit to be an inclusive and productive space, filled with committed faculty, staff, students and administrators who are willing engage deeply with these issues, listen to multiple voices, and to roll up their sleeves to take incisive act
"The summit signals Texas Tech's willingness to acknowledge a widespread problem in universities across the nation and our willingness to take a lead role in offering solutions and enacting meaningful changes. Spearheaded by women faculty from six of TTU's colleges and with partnerships from more than 20 units, colleges and offices at TTU, the summit foregrounds the reality that sexual harassment affects all members of the University community and it must be combatted by us all." -Elizabeth Sharp, summit co-organizer, former Chair of the Presidents' Gender Equity Council and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies.
Schedule of Events
- Wednesday, August 15
- The summit will open with a welcome reception, and presentation of research findings on the Global Time's Up Movement presented by Rawls College of Business faculty members, Drs. Claudia Cogliser and Andrea Romi, and Ph.D. Student, Stacy Chavez, and a panel featuring Andrea Pino, Jessica Luther, and TTU Human Sciences faculty member, Dr. Dana Weiser at 5:15 p.m. in the Library room 309, Wednesday, August 15th.
- Thursday, August 16
- Multiple sessions will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center meeting rooms of the Texas Tech Library. Check-in and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. Sessions for the day will offer insights into campus leadership, integrating Title IX and Title VII within the campus climate, offering an open student forum on sexism, and integrating intersectionality within the Me Too movement to produce an Us Too ethos. Additionally, participants will hear from administrators, faculty and staff on the current issues facing college and university campuses today.
- Friday, August 17
- The final day of the summit, Friday, August 17th, will feature sessions on best practices in the classroom and bystander strategies and will wrap up with a review and call to action.