On Campus: Workshops on Mentoring and on Sexual Harassment

Michigan's CRLT Players present interactive sessions for faculty, graduate students, and staff.

Next week, a theatrical group from the University of Michigan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) will be on campus to present two interactive workshops: one on faculty mentorship, designed for department chairs; the other on sexual harassment, intended for faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from across the institution.

The workshops, which are based on research and will be tailored to Dartmouth-specific concerns, are sponsored by the Office of the President and the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning in support of the Campus Climate and Culture Initiative (C3I), which addresses issues of sexual misconduct and other abuses of power in the Dartmouth community.

"These programs are going to be phenomenal—Michigan's CRLT Players is one of the best groups of its kind in the country," says Theodosia Cook, the director of C3I. "As an institution, we have work to do to shift policies and practices, and I think this will be transformative in terms of bringing people into the conversation about why this work is important and necessary."

From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, department chairs and other faculty leaders are invited to attend "The Chair's Role in Faculty Mentoring" in Alumni Hall. During the workshop, performers will enact short scenes in which chairs meet with faculty at various stages of career development, providing opportunities for participants to discuss ways of creating a healthy climate of mentorship in their own departments.

From noon to 2 p.m on Tuesday, Oct. 22, faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are invited to the workshop "Moving the Needle: Shifting the Conversation Around Sexual Harrassment," also in Alumni Hall. This workshop will present research, enact case studies, and engage participants in a conversation about the definition and impact of sexual harassment and ways individuals and communities can prevent it.

C3I is one of three initiatives the College has launched in recent years to improve campus climate, along with Moving Dartmouth Forward, an effort to decrease high-risk behavior, and Inclusive Excellence, which is strengthening the College's work to increase diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Hannah Silverstein can be reached at [email protected]