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Promoting Safe Field-Based Research

Posted on Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sexual assault and harassment are pervasive in academic and professional field work. These violations disproportionately affect womxn and other minorities in the field, negatively impacting career trajectories and retention. Institutional policies that focus on office or classroom misconduct often overlook the specific and isolating nature of field work. FieldSafe OSU: The Initiative to Confront and Eliminate Sexual Assault and Misconduct in Field Work is hosting an event to announce their initiative. Founded by ARCS Scholar Jesse Laney, they are a grassroots collective of graduate students, post-docs, and allies at OSU working to provide resources and training to prevent and eliminate sexual misconduct in academic field research, field trips, and all field work settings.  Jesse states, "We believe field work should not only be safe for people of all identities, but also provide an affirming environment for a diverse scientific community to thrive in and contribute to advancing their fields. Our goal is to work across departments and colleges at OSU to help create and make available resources which confront the specific challenges that fieldwork in various disciplines pose to creating environments free of sexual misconduct. 

Join the event, Thursday, May 27,2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for a live moderated discussion with a panel of inter-disciplinary experts about the prevalence and impacts of sexual assault and harassment in field-based research and best practices for prevention and intervention. Help FieldSafe OSU create a culture of safe and inclusive field experiences at Oregon State University and beyond. 

The panel discussion will be delivered via Zoom and registration is required. Register HERE.

For more information, visit their website and follow their account on Twitter: @fieldSafeOSU.