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Effect Change

Leaders:

Faculty, instructors, lab managers and principal investigators are in positions to make positive changes in their research and learning environments. Consider the following suggestions on how to use this site.

Gilmartin at Huntington Library (2015)
  • Do a self-assessment of the risk factors that are associated with harassment. Are there actions that you can take to reduce some of the risk factors found in your lab or classroom?
  • Watch one of the vignettes with your work group. Use the Start a Dialogue questions to initiate the conversation.
  • Download a script from one of the vignette and use it reenact the scenario with your group incorporating ways that you might handle or resolve the situation.
  • Ask a campus resource to facilitate a conversation with your work group.
  • Consult the Raise Awareness tools and resources to find our more information on preventing bias, mentoring, and creating an inclusive laboratory or classroom.
  • Read the National Academies Report on sexual harassment in academic science, engineering, and medicine, which outlines ways that leaders can create positive change at their institutions.

Colleagues and Friends:

Friends and colleagues are valuable resources for individuals who have experience harassment, discrimination, bias, or bullying. You can support the person who has been targeted. You can also respond to the situation in a way that challenges the offensive behavior.

SURF (2013)
  • Watch one of the vignettes with your friends or research group members – or ask your group leader to host a facilitated discussion with a campus resource. Use the Start a Dialogue questions or the scripts to initiate the conversation.
  • Review the Active Bystander page to give you suggestions on how to respond to comments you may hear in the laboratory or classroom.
  • Use the Sexual Harassment or Bias Intervention decision trees to consider options that you to support others.
  • Consult the Raise Awareness tools and resources to find out more about information and tools to prevent and respond to harassment and bias.

Everyone:

Harassment, discrimination, bias, and bullying can affect an individual’s professional, emotional, and physical health. Use this site to consider possible ways that you can respond.

Ditch Day (2016)
  • Use the Potential Routes to Reporting decision tree to consider options, both formal and informal, you might take if you feel that you may have experience sexual harassment, discrimination, or bias.
  • Review the Responding to Harassing, Discriminatory, or Bullying Behavior page for general suggestions and language that you might use in responding.
  • Consult the Raise Awareness tools and resources to find out more about information and tools to prevent and respond to harassment and bias.
  • Support individuals who have been targeted by harassing behaviors. These Individuals can suffer both short-term and long-term psychological consequences. In addition, those individuals who report such behaviors can fear reprisal. Hence, their community needs to demonstrate that the harassing behaviors are not acceptable and that reporting is a positive action that benefits the entire community.