The recent Geoff Marcy case at UC Berkeley is the latest in a long line of sexual harassment and sexual assault cases in which the University of California has failed in its responsibility provide a safe learning and work space for students and employees. Despite widespread outrage, the UC has not committed to sufficient changes to its procedure in addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, nor in addressing root causes such as gender inequity in academia.
This is an issue of grave moral consequence for the academic community. Please take a minute to join your fellow postdocs and sign this petition demanding that UC President Janet Napolitano commit to and implement real reform to university’s sexual harassment and sexual assault policies, and please also share widely with your friends and colleagues in academia and beyond, via email, Facebook or Twitter
In the News
- Postdoctoral union hosts teach-ins on sexual harassment by Adam Iscoe (The Daily Cal, 4/27/2016)
- On Sexual Harassment, NIH Needs Tools To Make Things Better, Not More Compliance Regulations by Janet D. Stemwedel (Forbes, 3/31/2016)
- UC Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment by 5810 President Anke Schennink (Sacramento Bee, 3/30/2016)
- A push for stronger sexual harassment policies at the University of California by Beryl Lieff Benderly (Science, 3/10/2016, .pdf)
- UCLA community protests professor’s punishment for sex harassment by Teresa Watanabe (LA Times, 3/2/2016, .pdf)
- Editorial: She Wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk ‘Feelings.’ by A. Hope Jahren (NY Times, 3/4/2016, .pdf)
- Sexual Harassment Cases Tarnish Berkeley’s Image as a Center of Social Activism by Thomas Fuller (NY Times, 3/24/2016, .pdf)
- Editorial: Cal officials clueless about sexual harassment by Oakland Tribune Editorial Board (Oakland Tribune, 3/23/2016, .pdf)
- California Legislature Women’s Caucus Letter to Janet Napolitano (3/4/2016)
Week of Action at UC Berkeley 4/26 – 4/28
As the series of scandals at UC Berkeley and across the UC has made evident, the university’s response to campus sexual harassment and assault has been woefully inadequate and represents a larger systemic problem in academia. From April 26th to April 28th 2016 the postdoc union hosted a series of events at the Berkeley campus to address UC’s failure to protect survivors and provide a safe environment for students and employees.
Our Union hosted four Know Your Rights teach-ins by legal experts (Equal Rights Advocates lawyers, and lawyers who are currently working on sexual harassment cases) for students, postdocs, staff and faculty to provide information and resources about sexual harassment – what your rights are under the law, what you need to know about the UC policy, and how you can be an advocate and support others. Click Here to view a handout from the teach-ins which provides information on both University and external resources to utilize if you or someone you know is experiencing sexual harassment.
Our Union also co-sponsored an event with Thriving in Science featuring a presentation by Cat Adams (Graduate Student at UC Berkeley and Founder of the Unconscious Bias Project) and an interview with Janet D. Stemwedel (Professor and Chair of Philosophy, San Jose State University, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Stanford University, Ph.D. in Philosophy, Stanford University) moderated by our Union President Anke Schennink. You can watch the full video of the interview with Professor Stemwedel below.