Evidence-based recommendations for colleges and universities to consider and adapt to their particular circumstances, or: A tale of available resources

Did you know that the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine have a digital library platform from which you can get I-[word withheld upon tenure]-you-not thousands of books on a hundred interesting topics? Did you know, you can download and then read those books and understand their take home messages? Just any of them at all. I take at random, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine“. The Committee on the Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia and/or the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Policy and Global Affairs offered “the following evidence-based recommendations as a road map for colleges and universities to their particular circumstances” to address “the conditions under which sexual harassment is likely to occur in science, engineering, and medicine programs and departments in academia”:

RECOMMENDATION 1: Create diverse, inclusive, and respectful environments.

RECOMMENDATION 2: Address the most common form of sexual harassment: gender harassment.

RECOMMENDATION 3: Move beyond legal compliance to address culture and climate.

RECOMMENDATION 4: Improve transparency and accountability.

RECOMMENDATION 5: Diffuse the hierarchical and dependent relationship between trainees and faculty.

RECOMMENDATION 6: Provide support for the target.

RECOMMENDATION 7: Strive for strong and diverse leadership.

RECOMMENDATION 8: Measure progress.

RECOMMENDATION 9: Incentivize change.

RECOMMENDATION 10: Encourage involvement of professional societies and other organizations.

RECOMMENDATION 11: Initiate legislative action.

RECOMMENDATION 12: Address the failures to meaningfully enforce Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination.

RECOMMENDATION 13: Increase federal agency action and collaboration.

RECOMMENDATION 14: Conduct necessary research.

RECOMMENDATION 15: Make the entire academic community responsible for reducing and preventing sexual harassment.

Just like that, simple. Pick up a book, read it, learn something new. Then do something with it.

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