Academic leaders will join forces to prevent sexual harassment across higher education.
Dartmouth has joined more than 40 other colleges and universities and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to create the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.
The collaborative, which was announced April 10, builds on the National Academies’ 2018 report “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,” and will bring together academic leaders and other key stakeholders to work to prevent sexual harassment across higher education. It is designed to allow colleges, universities, and research and training organizations to research and develop efforts that move beyond basic legal compliance to evidence-based policies and practices for addressing and preventing all forms of sexual harassment.
“As we identify strategic ways to create a more inclusive environment at Dartmouth, we recognize that we can’t do this in isolation. We are excited to be a part of the collaborative to ensure that we are meeting the diverse needs of our constituents,” says Cook, who, along with Dartmouth General Counsel Sandhya Iyer, will represent the College on the collaborative.
The National Academies, which are based in Washington, D.C., are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine.
“We hope that, going forward, even more colleges, universities, and other organizations will join us in our efforts,” says Frazier Benya, a senior program officer at the National Academies who is directing the collaborative.
The goals of the collaborative are to:
The collaborative will also deal with the issue of sexual harassment in the context of other damaging behavior, including incivility, bullying, and other forms of harassment, such as racial harassment.
In the three months since Dartmouth announced the creation of C3I, significant progress has been made in the implementation of programs and actions aimed at creating a learning environment free from sexual harassment and the abuse of power.
C3I is made up of new programs as well as a number of initiatives that have been in the works for some time. The project is organized into five categories—campus climate, academic and professional development, recruitment, resources, and mandatory reporting. The initiative is the third pillar, along with Moving Dartmouth Forward and Inclusive Excellence, in a set of initiatives established to create a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
C3I’s work includes the creation of a unified sexual misconduct policy and procedures, which are posted on the C3I website. Community members are invited to comment on the proposals through spring term.
Also underway are departmental climate reviews, which are being led by University of Michigan Professor Abigail Stewart, a national expert in creating inclusive academic environments, and Dartmouth Professor of Engineering Vicki May, who has been involved with departmental assessment. The first two departments to be reviewed are geography, and microbiology and immunology. In addition, faculty and staff this winter completed mandatory online Title IX training.
Dartmouth’s progress on C3I programs will be evaluated by an external advisory committee, as is progress in the Moving Dartmouth Forward and Inclusive Excellence programs. The committee, to be chaired by Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, has added two new members: Cynthia Barnhart, chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and William Scheiman ’14, a consultant at Bain & Co. and a former member of Dartmouth’s Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault. Also on the committee are Joanne Mather Conroy ’77, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, and Susan Finegan ’85, an attorney at Mintz and Levin.
Here are other C3I initiatives in the works: