Women at Georgia Tech: Making History Now!
From 1993-1998, I worked with colleagues at Georgia Tech to conduct a “campus climate” assessment of the experience of women students and faculty in engineering programs at the university. The study was originally funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate the experience of female students in the STEM pipeline, but soon expanded its reach to include an assessment of the experience of female faculty in engineering disciplines. Among the key findings included the recommendation that Georgia Tech publicize a clear policy and statement about practices on preventing sexual harassment. At the time of the study, there there was scant communication about the policies that were in place, and during the study women reported numerous instances of what we would now call “micro-aggressions” that, in effected, contributed to a wide-scale hostile working environment at the university.
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