CERF Joins Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM

CERF has joined with 99 organizations to launch the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) to advance professional and ethical conduct, climate, and culture in STEMM disciplines.

The Societies Consortium reflects a shared understanding that professional societies have a unique responsibility in their role as standard-setters and standard-bearers for STEMM fields to address the pervasive problem of sexual and gender harassment.

Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM logo with shaking hands

Focused on advancing full participation and excellence in STEMM and preventing and responding to sexual and gender harassment in STEMM environments, the Societies Consortium will provide research and evidence-based resources and guidance to address sexual harassment in the member societies’ operations and more broadly within the fields they represent.

It was established by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU), with Education Counsel serving as the policy and law consultant for the initiative; CERF is one of 100 Inaugural Members representing a wide range of STEMM fields.

More information, including a list of the Inaugural Members, can be found at: http://educationcounsel.com/societiesconsortium/

CERF is committed to providing a safe and welcoming culture and environment for all its members and conference participants. CERF has recently revised its Code of Ethics to include harassment and discrimination as professional misconduct.

CERF has also updated its Event Code of Conduct to clearly outline expected and prohibited behavior at the CERF Biennial Conference and all CERF events, and provide mechanisms to report unacceptable behavior and implement corrective actions.

Ensuring respect and safety for everyone who engages with CERF is fundamental to our values and essential to our success. As an inaugural member of the Societies Consortium, CERF joins a groundbreaking collective voice leading the charge to end sexual harassment in the sciences.

- Hilary Neckles, CERF President

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