In Conversation: Eliminating Sexual Harassment of Women in STEM
In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) published an exhaustive report – including 15 "evidence-based recommendations [designed to serve] as a road map for colleges and universities to consider and adapt to their particular circumstances" – on Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Billy M. Williams, Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion at the American Geophysical Union (AGU), participated in the report as a member of the NASEM Committee on the Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia.
Join Mr. Williams and AAA President-Elect Valerie DeLeon for a frank conversation about the report; the effects of harassment on science, education, and health; and how organizations like NASEM, AGU, and AAA are taking action to eliminate harassment in STEM.
This webinar is sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI), which develops and executes initiatives that promote and achieve outcomes for individuals from diverse and underrepresented groups within AAA's membership.
Billy M. Williams (he, him, his) is the Senior Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion at the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a global scientific community that advances the understanding of Earth and space through cooperation in research. Williams was the Principal Investigator and lead organizer for the September 2016 workshop funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Respond, and serves as a co-Principal Investigator on the 2017 NSF Grant, ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator on Catalyzing Cultural Change in the Sciences with New Resources and Tracking Tools, a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Williams was a member of the 2017-2018 National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Impact of Sexual Harassment in Academic Science Engineering and Medicine, and the 2019-2020 Committee on Increasing the Number of Women in STEMM. Prior to joining AGU as Science Director in 2012, he served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences and as a Global R&D Director at Dow Chemical Company. Williams is the 2019-2020 Ethics Committee Chair for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and serves on the Advisory Board for Stem Equity Achievement (SEA) Change Initiative at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He recently co-led the development of the Societies Consortium on Addressing Harassment in STEMM, an initiative to advance professional ethics, conduct, climate, and culture.
Valerie Burke DeLeon (she, her, hers) is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at the University of Florida. She currently serves as President-Elect of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA), where she has championed professional support for young anatomists and the importance of science communication. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), explores how growth influences biological variation in the skull of humans, other primates, and diverse mammals. She received her Ph.D. in Functional Anatomy & Evolution, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Genetics, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2005 and taught dissection-based Human Medical Anatomy for 10 years to medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. Dr. DeLeon, her collaborators, and students have authored more than 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and the recently published book Skeletal Anatomy of the Newborn Primate (Cambridge University Press).
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