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Feb 24, 2020

Recent research into the prevalence of sexual and gender harassment in STEM fields has proven to be a much needed wake-up call to many in higher education. Frazier Benya, senior program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine talks with Lorelle Espinosa and Sarah Spreitzer about how institutions can go beyond legal solutions to tackle the problem.

Afterwards, Lorelle and Sarah dive into the latest into where the U.S. Department of Education is on issuing a final rule on existing Title IX regulations.


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

Conversation with Frazier Benya:

Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018)

The National Academies Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

Post-interview Chat

Webinar: Discussing the Title IX Final Rule


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Lorelle Espinosa is the vice president for research at ACE. In this role, she is responsible for developing the organization’s thought leadership and research agenda and for ensuring a consistent evidence base across ACE’s array of programs and services.

Sarah Spreitzer is a director for government relations at ACE. She represents its members on matters related to research policy and funding, federal policy, international students, immigration, and legislative issues.