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Held at MIT on June 13-15, 2014, to bring together stakeholders in the community for training, discussion, and finding consensus on solutions to gender inequality and sexual harassment. Generously funded by an IDEA grant from the National Association of Science Writers.

The program

The conference includes a Friday evening reception followed by a day of sessions for training and discussion. Sunday morning will involve a workshop for interested conference attendees to aid in drafting a working solutions document for dissemination to the community. The emphasis of the conference in terms of panelists and attendees is on diversity, not just gender diversity but also ethnic diversity.

Friday, June 13

  • Keynote speaker: journalist, author, professor Caryl Rivers
  • Evening reception

Saturday, June 14

  • Opening plenary that includes a data-rich, statistically relevant presentation of the data on workplace diversity and harassment. This presentation will serve as the foundation of the discussion going forward and of the working documents that arise from this conference
  • Session/training with community-relevant case studies on the legalities of sexual harassment in the workplace: how it is defined, how to recognize it, how to act on it, and how to manage situations harassment and their sequelae, including psychological and emotional management
  • Session/training on diversity and inclusion, including community-relevant case studies
  • Session on mentoring and to address specific situations of inequality in the workplace, including issues of pay, writing assignments, and editorial decisions

Sunday, June 15

This day will feature a half-day morning workshop to develop working action plan and documents to be finalized after the conference and disseminated to the community. Work on these documents will begin before the conference through a wiki that the planners will establish for input and to shape an outline. Moderators will guide the workshop to keep the discussion streamlined and fruitful.

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