Anti-Discrimination Working Group

 

Taking Action for Racial Justice

In conjunction with our union’s initial call for expanded use of our collective bargaining power to refuse to enforce in racist, anti-Black, and classist policies and practices regarding policing, members are now developing specific demands aimed at building long-lasting work to defund police and instead invest in community-based safety and wellness, both on campus and in the broader community. For more information, check out this page, and to get involved with this and much more, email anti-discrimination@uaw4121.org!

Annual Equity Survey

Taking Action Against Sexual Harassment

In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a report showing that rates of sexual harassment and assault are pervasive throughout academia – second, in fact, only to the U.S. military. In equity surveys we conducted during the 2018-2019 academic year among postdocs and academic student employees (ASEs), we found similarly high rates, with 60% of women, 40% of men, and 80% of non-binary people reporting experiences with harassment while at UW.

Check out our poster, #WeToo: Taking on Sexual Harassment Through Collective Action on the critical role of unionization for addressing the structural roots of sexual harassment in academia.

Our Local has a strong history of taking action to address these serious issues. In 2019, hundreds of Postdocs and allies turned out to a powerful work session on sexual harassment held by Seattle City Council Member Teresa Mosqueda, and subsequently won some of the strongest anti-harassment protections in the country. And in 2018, we fought for and won one of the most innovative prevention programs in the country — the Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC) training program.

  • EPIC is a peer-to-peer training jointly run between our union and the university and is enshrined in both the ASE contract and postdoc contract.
  • We run an innovative evidence-informed curriculum that empowers participants with concrete skills for creating safer workplaces, interrupting harassment, and getting support.
  • In Fall 2019 alone, EPIC has reached 800 ASEs and postdocs in departments and units across all three campuses of University of Washington.
  • After going through the training, 97% of participants consistently report that they are likely or very likely to take action to address harassment if it occurs in their workplace.
  • Read more key takeaways from the program’s inaugural year at our 2018-19 academic year report. Also check out the poster EPIC presented at the 2019 NASEM Summit on Prevention of Sexual Harassment held at UW.
  • For more information or to schedule a training in your department or unit, email epicprogram@uw.edu.

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To learn more or get involved with the Anti-Discrimination Working Group, please email anti-discrimination@uaw4121.