Sexual Harassment in Medicine

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Participants : 

Welcome by Mark Schlissel, President, University of Michigan


  • Reshma Jagsi, Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Michigan Medicine and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan
  • Paula A. Johnson**, President of Wellesley College, National Academies committee co-chair, and member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine
  • Timothy R. B. Johnson,* Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Obsterics & Gynecology and Women's Studies, U-M ; member of the National Academy of Medicine

Report Summary & Moderation:

  • Lilia Cortina,* Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Management; Associate Director of ADVANCE, U-M
  • Anna Kirkland,* Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women’s Studies, U-M

*National Academies committee member and report co-author

**National Academies committee co-chair and report co-author

Event Date: 
November 12, 2018
Event Time: 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Kahn Auditorium, BSRB, 109 Zina Pitcher Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Preventing and effectively addressing sexual harassment of women in colleges and universities has remained a challenge for decades. More than half of women faculty and staff report having been harassed. Student surveys of university systems show disturbingly similar rates, with 20–50% of women students experiencing sexually harassing behavior perpetrated by faculty or staff.

Persistent sexual harassment in STEM fields, and its adverse impacts on women’s careers, jeopardizes progress in closing the gender gap, damages research integrity, and results in a costly loss of talent. Academic sciences, engineering, and medicine share characteristics that create conditions for harassment, but many findings of the report are not limited to STEM field settings. Other fields within academia can be similarly male-dominated, hierarchical work and learning settings in which abusive cultures may form. Such environments can silence and limit the career opportunities for both the targets of the sexual harassment and bystanders, causing both men and women to leave their fields.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently published a comprehensive report titled, "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine." The report identifies key findings on the causes and impacts of sexual harassment, and recommendations for institutional policies, strategies, and practices to address and prevent it.

This panel will include a summary of the report, discussion from the report’s co-authors, commentary from disciplinary experts, and Q&A with the audience. 

The panel will offer broad discussion of use to any member of the university community or the public interested in sexual harassment in academia. A reception will follow.

Sexual Harassment in the Academy Panel Discussion Series is presented by IRWG and the Office of Research, with co-sponsorship from: ADVANCE, The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, the College of Literature Sciences, and the Arts, and the College of Engineering

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