Ending Sexual Harassment in the Academy
There is no doubt that the Me Too and Time's Up movements reflect a watershed moment in the history of the US and the world. Inspired by these movements, 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.
Andrea Pinois a co-author of "We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out," and co-founder of the national survivor advocacy organization End Rape on Campus. She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a first generation college student, where she majored in Political Science and pursed research on the media framing of sexual violence. Her activism has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, CNN, Good Morning America, as well as many other media outlets. She has appeared as a guest on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Bill Maher and is a contributor to the Huffington Post. In 2013, she became the first student featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education's Influence List, and was listed on The Huffington Post's most influential forces in higher education list. Her work and personal journey is prominently featured in the film The Hunting Ground, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and she appeared alongside Lady Gaga and 50 other survivors at the 2016 Academy Awards.
Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She is also Professor of Education in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, with affiliations in Africana Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and the Department of Sociology. Dr. Pratt-Clarke is co-editor of Journeys of Social Justice: Women of Color Presidents in the Academy and author of A Black Woman's Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor. She is frequently invited to speak on issues of diversity and inclusion, race and social justice, equity, leadership, education, women and gender, and promoting a more just and inclusive society and empowering the powerless. She will share how individual stories map on to wider patterns. Drawing on her national expertise in social justice and her track-record for translating ideas into action, Dr. Pratt-Clarke will offer strategic ways to address compounding issues of sexism and racism.
Jessica Luther is a freelance sports journalist and writer, whose work often covers the intersection of sports and culture, specifically off-field violence and institutional responses to that behavior. She is the author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape (2016). Her second book, which she is co-authoring with espnW's Kavitha Davidson, is under contract with University of Texas Press and is slated to come out in Fall 2019. It is titled How to Love Sports When They Don't Love You Back. It will be a guide for conflicted fans who want to keep watching the sports they love but who acknowledge the problems with the industry, addressing topics such as “How to Watch Football When We Know About CTE“, “How to Cheer For Your Hockey Team When There's An Accused Rapist On It”, and “How to Watch March Madness When You Know The Athletes Aren't Getting Paid“. Luther's work has appeared in ESPN Magazine, New York Times Magazine, the Texas Observer, Austin Woman, and Bitch Magazine. In Academia, Professors Coming On to You Is on the Syllabus by Dan Solomon and Jessica Luther, June 2018. Jessica, will share a multitude of stories from undergraduate women and offer a "new playbook" for universities to prevent sexism and sexual violence.
Dr. Vicki Magley is a professor in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Connecticut. The main focus of her research lies within the domain of occupational health psychology and combines both organizational and feminist perspectives in the study of workplace sexual harassment and incivility. Dr. Magley served on an ad hoc committee under the oversight of Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) where they undertook a study of the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released the report this past June. View the report here, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineAdditionally you can find one of her articles here; Do Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings Really Work?by Vicki J. Magley, Joanna L. Grossman on November 2017. Dr. Magley's research focusses on workplace sexual harassment and her scholarship offers incisive solutions. She will be discussing findings from the NASEM report and offering practical ways to integrate the recommendations.