This presentation describes how one large private technical university is moving the needle in regards to sexual harassment on its campus. Through an ongoing NSF ADVANCE institutional transformation effort, a large-scale, two-day workshop focused on sexual harassment was offered in April 2019 to campus leaders, faculty, and staff. The event’s impact was strengthened through collaboration, coordination and involvement of over twenty Thought Partners from across campus who ensured that campus buy-in and involvement would maximize the impact of the programming. The workshop called Moving the Needle – Part I and II is facilitated by the University of Michigan’s CRLT Players. The workshop’s evaluation by the University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity will also be described as well as how the evaluation results and session participant outcomes were used to promote institutional transformation (IT) on the campus. The Moving the Needle workshops are based on the 2018 NASEM Report on Sexual Harassment. In Part I, 2.5 hour session titled Shifting the Conversation around Sexual Harassment, participants gain basic knowledge on the topic while beginning to develop a reflective practice. Part I event evaluation showed that there was a strong increase in awareness around sexual harassment. In Part II, which is titled Creating a Culture Resistant to Sexual Harassment Session, participants use design thinking in this 3 hour session to envision and articulate a different, more inclusive future. Evaluation results suggested that Part II helped people think through how units can shift their cultures, and how cultures come about in units and institutions. The presentation describes the Thought Partners effort, the Moving the Needle workshop details, the detailed evaluation results based on surveys at the event end and three-weeks later, and dissemination strategy of workshop outcomes.

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Poster presented at the Second Annual Public Summit of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, October 19-20, 2020.

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Mechanical Engineering (KGCOE)


RIT – Main Campus