Friday, April 15, 2016

AASWOMEN Newsletter for April 15, 2016

AAS Committee on the Status of Women AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of April 15, 2016
eds: Daryl Haggard, Nicolle Zellner, Elysse Voyer, & Heather Flewelling

This week's issues:

1. Sexual Harassment – Changing the System I

2. AWIS Webinar Series on Sexual Harrassment

3. APS Releases Report on LGBT Climate in Physics

4. Allies and Microaggressions

5. Seven Graphs to Make You Gasp

6. How to Submit to the AASWOMEN newsletter

7. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter

8. Access to Past Issues


1. Sexual Harassment – Changing the System I
From: Joan Schmelz via womeninastronomy.blogspot.com

[This post is Part 1 of an expanded version of my World View column in NATURE, Change the System to Halt Harassment from 08 February 2016. Universities and their senior staff must do more to deter, detect and punish all forms of inappropriate behavior – JTS]

With the issue of sexual harassment in the news, one hopes that student groups, academic departments, and university administrators are discussing what can be done to eliminate this vile plague from our community. There are fundamental flaws in the current system where Title IX offices are set up to protect the university, where all the pressure for righting these wrongs is placed on the shoulders of young women who are often in the most vulnerable stages of their careers, and where such harassing behavior can remain an "open secret" for years if not decades. In short, we have to find a way to change the system – to train those with privilege, especially senior men, to become not only allies who can support individuals but advocates who will add their voices and prestige to fight for right, to create a “safe space” where anyone facing sexual harassment can get help and advice, and to shine a light on the harassers who still operate in the shadows, destroying careers with their unprofessional conduct.

To read more, please see

http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.ca/2016/04/sexual-harassment-changing-system-i.html

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2. AWIS Webinar Series on Sexual Harrassment
From: Daryl Haggard [daryl.haggard_at_mcgill.ca]

[In addition to the excellent webinar offered yesterday, here are two more in the series organized by the Associate of Women in Science. AWIS membership is required for registration. -Eds]

* Spot and Stop It: How To End Harassment at Professional Meetings Dr. Sherry Marts Rosina Romano, Entomological Society Director of Meetings May 12, Noon Eastern

* Boundaries and Expectations: What Title IX Is, Isn't, and Could Be Alexandra Tracy-Ramirez, J.D./M.A., Title IX Attorney June 15, Noon Eastern

To learn more, visit

www.awis.org

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3. APS Releases Report on LGBT Climate in Physics
From: Daryl Haggard [daryl.haggard_at_mcgill.ca]

Harassment is a serious issue in academia — including the sciences — that negatively impacts climate, retention, and productivity. Anyone can experience workplace harassment but some individuals, such as those who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, as well as other sexual and gender minorities), are more vulnerable.

The American Physical Society's Ad Hoc Committee on LGBT Issues (C-LGBT), formed in 2014, is charged to:

Advise the APS on the current status of LGBT issues in physics, provide recommendations for greater inclusion, and engage physicists in laying the foundation for a more inclusive physics community. More specifically, the committee will investigate LGBT representation in physics, assess the educational and professional climate in physics, recommend changes in policies and practices that impact LGBT physicists, and address other issues that affect inclusion.

The APS LGBT Climate in Physics report responding to this charge was recently released. To read more, visit

http://www.aps.org/programs/lgbt

And the full report is available here

http://www.aps.org/programs/lgbt/upload/LGBTClimateInPhysicsReport.pdf

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4. Allies and Microaggressions
From: Daryl Haggard [daryl.haggard_at_mcgill.ca]

by Kerry Ann Rockquemore

When you see microaggressions occurring against colleagues, how should you respond?

... While there are lots of ways to be an ally (e.g., mentoring, being a sponsor, shaping policy), the one that is often unexpectedly challenging is how to respond to microaggressions in the moment. The sad truth is not only are microaggressions a regular occurrence, but they're also painful to receive and observe, and they have a lasting impact.

To read more, please see

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2016/04/13/how-be-ally-someone-experiencing-microaggressions-essay

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5. Seven Graphs to Make You Gasp
From: Daryl Haggard [daryl.haggard_at_mcgill.ca]

[First noted on the Equity and Inclusion FB page, which credits "The Professor Is In". -Eds]

The Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession focuses on women in political science, but these graphs are interesting to academics across many fields. (Check out graph #7!)

The first graph is here

http://web.apsanet.org/cswp

And the remainder are here

http://web.apsanet.org/cswp/graphs-that-will-make-you-gasp

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