How UT Austin’s integrative-biology department is addressing gender harassment

Below is an excerpt from Lindsay Ellis and Sarah Brown’s 11/9/2018 Chronicle article “How a Department Took On the Next Frontier in the #MeToo Movement.”

For more articles on graduate student advising, look in our file cabinet and scroll down. And we hope Homewood faculty (all ranks, all genders) will join us and Dean Wendland to discuss these issues over coffee at the Hopkins Club Wed, Nov 28, between 8:30-10:30am. coffee cup

From the Chronicle:

After she began her Ph.D. in the fall of 2017, [Julia M.] York learned more about the department’s environment, its quirks, its flaws. She learned about the sorts of challenges that women face in the academy. About rumors that faculty members treated female graduate students differently from the men. About the times when male professors made sexist comments and no one said anything.

And she learned about the whisper network. Older students had a warning: There’s this professor in the department. Don’t work with him. Don’t go anywhere alone with him.

In the meantime, she saw story after story in the news about university employees accused of harassment or inappropriate romantic relationships, some of them at Austin. She came to believe that campus policies aren’t designed to reduce discrimination against women; they’re designed to protect the institution.

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