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UMD, Partners to Combat Sexual Harassment in Political Science

By Maryland Today Staff

A new collaborative, multi-university project that aims to address sexual harassment in the academic field of political science recently received a three-year ADVANCE Partnership Award totaling more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation.

Associate Professor Stella Rouse from the Department of Government and Politics will work with the American Political Science Association and colleagues from Purdue University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Nevada Las Vegas on the effort, “#MeTooPoliSci: Leveraging a Professional Association to Address Sexual Harassment in Political Science.”

Through department climate studies, bystander training, facilitated department dialogues and policy discussions, the research team will examine how issues of harassment affect women with intersecting identities such as sexual identity, race and ethnicity.

One major goal is to develop an evidence-based “climate toolkit” that will empower both departments and individuals to engage in best practices and to track progress over time.

Find the full news release here.

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