Symposium on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop on Work Climate: Responding to Sexual Harassment

Wednesday, lonAD, 1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Symposium on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop on Work Climate: Responding to Sexual Harassment

Meredith Hastings, Associate Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Brown University and Erika Marin-Spiotta, Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison will lead the Wednesday Workshop that is scheduled from 1:30-4:00 p.m. The focus will be on how harassment and bullying endanger the professional and personal well-being of individuals and their communities, creating hostile climates that contribute to the persistent underrepresentation of people of color and white women in STEM disciplines. This interactive workshop will 1) identify factors that contribute to hostile and exclusionary behaviors in scientific research environments, including field environments; 2) provide community bystander intervention strategies; and 3) share resources available to protect our community and for leadership to promote cultural change at different levels. We also discuss recent initiatives by professional societies and U.S. research funding agencies to address harassment and bullying. This workshop was developed by the ADVANCEGeo Partnership team, with funding from the U. S. National Science Foundation ADVANCE program to transform workplace climate through bystander intervention and research ethics training. This 150-minute session will consist of: 1) 40-minute presentation of information, 2) 30-minute training of bystander intervention strategies, 3) 60-minute discussion of real world scenarios and active practice of bystander intervention, and 5) 20-minute discussion and final debriefing.

Additional information on the Symposium on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can be found here. Joint sessions are being planned with the Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones One-Day Symposium and the 29th Conference on Education.

For information on inclusivity at the 100th Annual Meeting, visit:

For additional information, please contact Melissa Burt, [email protected]