Bystander Awareness Training VIRTUAL

ADVANCEGeo Bystander Intervention Workshop

  • Thursday – November 2, 2023: 5:30-8:30pm (Pacific Time)
  • Virtual Workshop
  • Fee:  $10 ($5 for Students/Early Career Professionals)
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This interactive session describes different types of exclusionary behaviors that affect recruitment and retention into STEM, the academic practices and institutional structures that allow for exclusionary behaviors to persist, and provides training in personal intervention strategies to protect and support targets of exclusionary behaviors. As a result of this session, participants will be able to identify: (1) different ways in which harassment, bullying, and other types of exclusionary behaviors can manifest in research environments; (2) strategies for bystander intervention, and (3) resources for cultural change in academic institutions and professional societies.  

All participants will be provided with handouts that describe the bystander intervention strategies and point to resources related to the issues discussed. Participants will be asked to complete a short survey at the end of the workshop to provide feedback to the facilitators.   Breakout groups of up to 20 people with facilitators from AdvanceGeo leading the discussion

ADVANCEGeo is a partnership of representatives from the Earth Science Women’s Network, Association for Women Geoscientists, and the American Geophysical Union to address the problem of sexual harassment and other exclusionary behaviors that lead to hostile working and learning climates in the earth, space and environmental sciences. Together, we have developed bystander intervention education training through a four-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program.

We take a multi-level approach to transform workplace climate: at the institutional level, by addressing academic cultures through the leadership of scientific societies and on campus efforts; structurally, through policies and processes that guide professional conduct and response to sexual and other types of harassment; and individually, through education and empowerment of all members of our community.