Stanford University

Improving Workplace Climate: Responding to Harassment

Friday, November 8th 12:00-2:00pm | Lunch Provided
Room 102/103 in Physics/Astrophysics
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Educational Affairs

ADVANCEGeo Workshop: Improving Workplace Climate

Led by Professor Asmeret Berhe

Space will be limited, please RSVP!

Harassment endangers the professional and personal well-being of individuals and their communities and contributes to hostile climates in science. It can exploit differences in religion, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and is especially toxic when perpetrated by people in positions of power, such as supervisors or advisors.

This interactive workshop will describe academic practices and institutional structures that allow for sexual harassment and other hostile behaviors to persist, discuss initiatives to address harassment as research misconduct, and provide training in personal intervention strategies to protect and support targets of harassment. As a result of this session, participants will be able to identify: (1) different ways in which sexual harassment can manifest in research environments; (2) strategies for bystander intervention, and (3) resources to share with their home departments for cultural change.

Speaker bio:  Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is a Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, and Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences at the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced. Prof. Berhe received her Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of California (UC), Berkeley; M. Sc. in Resource Development (Political Ecology) from Michigan State University, and B. Sc. in Soil and Water Conservation from University of Asmara, Eritrea. Dr. Berhe was previously a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Dr. Berhe's research focuses on biogeochemical cycling of essential elements (esp. carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) in the soil system. Prof. Berhe is a recipient of several awards and honors, including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, the Geological Society of America’s Bromery Award, and is a member of the inaugural class of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Prof. Berhe is the Chair of the US National Committee on Soil Science at the National Academies; Associate Editor of AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.

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