September 13, 2018

UAB forum to focus on #MeToo in higher education Sept. 26

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critical conversationsPanelists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham will discuss the repercussions of the #MeToo movement in higher education Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Most allegations have been leveled against high-profile celebrities and politicians, but higher education has not been immune. During the public forum “Critical Conversations: Amplifying the Voices and Echoes of #MeToo,” panelists will discuss the legal and ethical issues leaders must consider when reviewing allegations of sexual misconduct; examine sexual misconduct on college campuses and in the workplace, the culture of sexual abuse and misconduct, and ways in which these issues are compounded when victims face retaliation for reporting abuse; and consider next steps for the broader community.

The forum will be from 6-8 p.m., in Heritage Hall, Room 102.

The panel includes Kasey Robinson, J.D., Title IX coordinator; Lisa Sharlach, Ph.D., director, Women’s and Gender Studies; Mandy Parente, M.Ed., interpersonal violence prevention coordinator; and Olivio Clay, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology. Anita Clemon, vice president for Institutional Equity and chair of the UAB Commission on the Status of Women, will be the facilitator.

“Critical Conversations” is an annual civic forum series directed by the UAB Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to provide a platform for civil discourse and to engage, collaborate and create solutions to social issues affecting our communities.

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