Interactive Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Workshop for Undergraduates

2h Intermediate

This activity is part of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers'  
On the Cutting Edge - Exemplary Collection

In support of the geoscience community’s attentiveness to developing a more inclusive culture that is resistant to harassment and discrimination, a collaborative effort to develop an anti-harassment/discrimination curriculum is underway. The curriculum is designed to be engaging and educative for undergraduate students, who may have little formal training in the terminology and concepts surrounding such topics, are likely to be unaware of policies and procedures regarding harassment, discrimination, and fraternization, are unlikely to know how to respond if they were to witness an incident of discrimination or harassment, and unlikely to know how to report incidents. Through this curriculum we seek to empower students, who might otherwise be vulnerable.

We also designed this curriculum to be a practical and approachable resource to inspire, encourage, and enable program facilitators, faculty, and other community leaders to engage with their students around these important topics to change our community’s culture.

*We are grateful for the pilot participants and external expert reviewers. All of their feedback has significantly improved of the curriculum.

Status: This version, 2.0 (May, 2021). 

Use and Feedback Encouraged: This curriculum has been developed for use by those who facilitate undergraduate research opportunities, field camps/campaigns, and other educational experiences in the Earth sciences. We view the curriculum as a community resource and encourage others to use the resource and contribute to its development!  (hubenth "at"

Handbook of Policies and Procedures: This curriculum is dependent on a set of "official" policies regarding harassment and discrimination. If your program does not have such a handbook, the IRIS Intern/Mentor handbook is available as a template. 


Following instruction, participants will be able to:

  • Describe a work environment that
    • consists of mutual respect,
    • promotes respectful and congenial relationships, and
    • is free from all forms of harassment and discrimination
  • Summarize who is responsible for creating the work environment described above
  • Distinguish between behavior that is harassing or discriminating and non-harassing or non- discriminating
  • Describe how to report harassment or discrimination to the program, the program’s investigation procedures, and possible disciplinary outcomes
  • Plan how they would use the bystander interventions to respond to incidents of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment
  • Apply the program’s anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, and non-fraternization policy to a series of case studies

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