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Gender and Academic Climate

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Our campus was rocked last academic year with several incidents of sexual violence and other evidence of a chilly and inequitable climate.  Many of the items that hit the news and twitter feeds happened outside of the classroom and lab.  However, since Georgia Tech is an academic institution the faculty have a central role to play in creating and facilitating a positive climate.  This day-long program will explore what we do inside and outside of our classrooms and how we teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.  Our goal is to collectively find positive actions that we all can take to ensure a healthy teaching and learning environment at Georgia Tech.  


8:30-9:00 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 am: In-class Climate workshop, facilitated by Julie Ancis (OID) and Dia Sekayi (CETL)

During this session we will discuss students' lived experiences at Georgia Tech gathered from the GT Climate Survey.    We will explore how students' and faculty members' multiple identities impact the classroom environment and what strategies faculty can implement to create culturally inclusive classrooms, with particular attention to gender.

10:30 -10:45 am: Welcome and Comments, Provost Rafael Bras

11:00 - 12:30 pm: Mentoring and Advising workshop, facilitated by Donna Llewellyn (Learning Excellence), Caroline Noyes (CETL), Jana Stone (Postdoctoral Services), and Carol Subiño Sullivan (CETL)

During this session we will reflect on mentoring of researchers and TAs, with a focus on the influence of gender.  Issues related to power differentials, harassment, and other forms of unequal treatment will be explored.  Participants will brainstorm how individuals can model and promote best practices that will encourage a supportive, non-discriminatory climate fort he entire Georgia Tech community.

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch--working Rroundtables

1:30 - 3:00 pm: Students of Concern workshop, facilitated by Esther Jordan (CETL), Ruperto Perez (Counseling), John Stein (Dean of Students), and LaTanya Thomas (CETL)

"As professionals in the college community whom students see regularly and often develop trust in, college faculty are on the front lines of student crisis” (Ethan & Seidel, 2013). Further, gender differences in mental health issues, substance abuse, stigma

perception and help-seeking behavior are important to consider when responding to students of concern. This workshop will engage participants in the research on these issues, highlight the resources available to support us and our students, and enhance skills in identifying and effectively addressing both male and female students in distress.

3:00 - 3:15 pm: Closing--action items to bring back to campus

Event Details


  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    8:30 am - 3:15 pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia

For More Information Contact

Felicia Turner