Sexual Harassment Prevention in Academia and Beyond


Feb. 7, 2020, 12pm to 1pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Gather 1 & 2


Sexual harassment remains a persistent problem in every industry, as demonstrated by the Center for American Progress’ recent analysis (2017) of data from ten years of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) workplace sexual harassment reports. The #MeToo movement has helped has helped put this issue center stage. Sexaul harassment is also prevalent in academia. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018) recently published a report on improving the climate and culture in academic engineering, sciences, and medicine. Researchers found that nearly 60% of women have faced sexual harassment in the academic workplace. Experiencing sexual harassment can have profound impacts on the careers of both professionals and students, including career changes, decrease in productivity, decreased motivation, and lasting trauma. Thus, it is critical that we all take a stand to help reduce the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the workforce, academia and other industries.

 By participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define sexual harassment and understand its different forms

  • Discuss the #MeToo social movement against sexual harassment and assault 

  • Understand legal compliance and evidence-based policies and practices for addressing and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

Professional Development Academy Program: GCTC, GCMC, GCRC

Professional Development Academy Pillars: Teaching, Mentorship, Research Wellness

Learning Experience: Interactive

Time Commitment: < 2 hours

Lifecycle Stage: Early, Mid, Late Master’s & Early, Mid, Late Doctoral


  • Ashley Yuill, Assistant Director, Jean Nidetch Women's Center
  • Brenda Hernandez, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Jean Nidetch Women's Center
  • Dana Cotham, Associate Professor in Residence, William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

Admission Information

This workshop is open to UNLV graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance for the workshop.

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Contact Information

Graduate College
Valarie Burke

External Sponsor

Graduate College & Jean Nidetch Women's Center