Drawing the Line: Does Sexual Harassment Training Work?

Author(s): Thea De Armond

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "What Have You Done For Us Lately?: Discrimination, Harassment, and Chilly Climate in Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Training is a favored weapon in the arsenal of those attempting to combat workplace harassment. Every year, university employees across the United States numbly click through sexual harassment training modules; after the March 2018 resignation of Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke due to allegations of sexual misconduct, the Forest Service modified its harassment training; in 2017, after revelations of a culture of harassment in the National Park Service, the NPS committed to improving its harassment training programs. Given that harassment training is deployed as both a prophylactic against and a cure for harassment, its usefulness merits consideration. Is sexual harassment training effective in addressing workplace cultures of harassment? This paper examines three sexual harassment trainings for archaeologists—one from a government agency, one from a university, and one used by a private CRM company—with the aim of assessing the adequacy of those trainings in addressing the root causes of sexual harassment.

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Drawing the Line: Does Sexual Harassment Training Work?. Thea De Armond. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452369)


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Abstract Id(s): 25219