No Sexual Harassment

October 10, 2016

Sexual harassment can occur anywhere. But the special conditions inside the academy can increase the risk. Karen James (@kejames) list these conditions as:

* Power structures (senior vs junior faculty, student/advisee)
* Field work
* Lack of formal management & accountability structures
* Tenure
* Small subfields making it difficult to escape toxic people
* Conference travel

Sexual harassment is real and pervasive. It traumatizes the victim and reduces the intellectual vitality of the department. Let’s work to make the Geography Department a civil and welcoming place for all.