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Posted October 23, 2020
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In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) published its report Sexual Harassment of Women. The publication examines the effects of sexual harassment on women in scientific, technical, and medical fields, and identifies policies and strategies to combat this open secret.
The New York Academy of Sciences hosted a discussion with Jennifer M. Gómez and Stephen D. Albright on how scientists can advocate for national policy change towards equity in science—and beyond. Both Gómez and Albright have worked in a variety of capacities to prevent sexual harassment and violence. They have taken key actions to build the body of data on which the NASEM report is based and pass a Congressional bill combatting sexual harassment. This success story illustrates the power of collaboration among scientists to affect necessary change.
Jennifer M. Gómez, PhD
Wayne State University
Jennifer M. Gómez, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) at Wayne State University. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology in 2017 from the University of Oregon. Gómez has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly writings, and pieces for the general public. Additionally, she is the lead co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation—Discrimination, Violence, & Healing in Marginalized Communities (anticipated publication date: Spring 2021). She also is a Board Member and Chair of the Research Committee for the Center for Institutional Courage, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming institutional approaches and responses to trauma and inequality. Her research has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences and funded by the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs and Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). By focusing on societal inequality's role on the impact of violence for marginalized youth, young adults, and elders, Dr. Gómez uses her cultural betrayal trauma theory to document harm and identify avenues of hope and healing for youth, families, communities, institutions, and society.
Stephen Albright, PhD
Stephen Albright is a PhD candidate in physics at Yale University; he successfully defended his PhD in September 2020. Albright's research focuses on the synthesis of topological insulator thin films. Beyond his studies, he has worked to improve equity and inclusion in science. A Title IX Fellow in the Provost's Office at Yale, he organizes and facilitates bystander intervention workshops to prevent and limit the harms of sexual misconduct in graduate and professional communities. Albright has partnered with the American Physical Society Office of Government Affairs to organize and attend multiple meetings with local congressional offices. Through this partnership, he advocates for federal efforts to support diversity and inclusion in science, including the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act and the Keep STEM Talent Act. He also serves on the Materials Research Society Member Engagement Committee, which works to improve the representation of marginalized groups in materials science.