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Women in Scientific & Environmental Professions Speaker Series

ESF Women in STEM Fields

Thu, March 11, 1 - 2pm, Join Session

In recognition and celebration of Women's History Month, the ESF Alumni Association is proud to host a panel discussion with some of many alumnae who currently work in STEM fields. The focus of the discussion will be on the panelists' unique experiences while pursuing their careers.  Panelists: Aislinn Brackman '13 (Paper Engineering), Change Agent/Continuous Improvement Specialist, von Drehle Corporation; Olivia Liu '15 (Landscape Architecture), Assistant Landscape Architect, New York City Parks; Hilary Niver-Johnson '11 (Environmental Science), Proprietor, Sustainable Viticulture Systems; Emily Thiel '14 (Environmental Communications), Education and Outreach Coordinator, WNY Prism.

Collaborating Offices:  Alumni Association, Career Services, Admissions, and ESF Women's Caucus

Scenario-Based Bystander Training to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Assault in Field Settings

Wednesday, March 31, 3:45-4:45pm, Please register here

Presenter: Melissa Cronin, University of California, Santa Cruz

Fieldwork is an essential component of training and research in many scientific disciplines. However, the imbalanced power structure of academia coupled with the remote and informal nature of field sites heightens risks of sexual harassment and assault during fieldwork, especially for women and other at-risk groups. Limited existing research suggests that incidents are widespread and insufficiently addressed by protocols developed for office and classroom settings. To address this problem, we developed a 90-minute, scenario-based bystander training, tailored for audiences of undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, researchers, and faculty. Our workshop identifies key, easily implemented preparation and intervention practices and policies to reduce the risk of sexual harassment and assault and to set inclusive norms for field settings. Participants engage in interactive situational response training, working through scenarios to gain better understanding and anticipation of potential situations in the field. More than 600 participants at four institutions and six scientific gatherings have received our training. Participants completing pre-/post-training surveys report increases in their knowledge about and confidence in preventing, intervening in, and reporting sexual harassment and assault in field settings. Finally, to expand our program's reach, we trained a cohort of 28 new certified trainers, who have been independently certified by the University of California Search Results Field Research Safety Center of Excellence, to deliver the training to unique audiences. Through this work, we have identified preventive institutional policies that universities and STEM departments can implement to eliminate harassment and assault in field settings, and to ensure equity and inclusion for a new generation of field scientists.  

Collaborating Office:
 ESF Women’s Caucus and Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-based Opportunities (CAMINO) at UC-Santa Cruz.

Workshop:  Building a Better Fieldwork Future: Preventing & Managing Sexual Harassment & Assault in the Field Sciences

Thursday, April 15, 7-8:30 pm-Space will be limited.  Please Register here

Presenter: Dr. Amanda Adams, Conservation Research Program Manager, Bat Conservation International and Lecturer, Biology, Texas A&M University. 

Fieldwork is an important and often necessary component of many scientific disciplines, yet research suggests that it presents a high-risk setting for incidents of sexual harassment and assault. The Building a Better Fieldwork Future (BBFF) Program involves a 90-minute workshop developed by a team of field researchers at UC Santa Cruz. It identifies the unique risks posed by fieldwork and offers a suite of evidence-based tools for field researchers, instructors, and students to prevent, intervene in, and respond to sexual harassment and assault. Through a series of practical intervention scenarios, this workshop guides participants on how to be an active and engaged bystander, how to report incidents, and how to plan field settings to minimize risk. Armed with these tools, participants can play a role in ensuring that field settings are safer, more equitable, and more welcoming for the next generation of field scientists. 

Collaborating Office:
 ESF Women’s Caucus and Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-based Opportunities (CAMINO) at UC-Santa Cruz.

Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Film Screening 1/18 - 1/20 (at your convenience anytime during this time frame). Please send me the Link to View "Picture a Scientist." *Due to licensing restrictions, the link will be e-mailed to you on or around 1/17/21.

Discussion Panel: 1/21 at 7 pm EST. Register for Discussion Panel. Please note the panel will NOT be recorded.

Screening and panel are presented by the ESF Alumni Association; Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; ESF Women's Caucus; and the Choose Action Network



Presented by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The ESF Women's Caucus, with the assistance of other offices and programs at ESF and Syracuse University.

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