ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer joined leaders from some 70 professional societies in Washington, D.C., on 1 October to discuss the issue of harassment in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical (STEMM) fields. The meeting was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and EducationCounsel (EC). These societies came together to share concerns and needs, discuss policies and frameworks, and make plans to continue the discussion by developing a consortium of societies for professional conduct to prevent and address sexual harassment in STEMM. In the coming months, the consortium will work collectively to develop customizable model frameworks for systems, policies, and practices to combat sexual harassment and a toolkit of practical resource materials for use by societies and institutions. The consortium can – and will – collectively respond to address sexual harassment, as recommended in the National Academies’ June 2018 consensus report.
Concurrent with the above actions, ICA's Ethics Task Force is working to refine ICA's ethics and other statements, as well as to strengthen policies and education for ICA members related to sexual and gender-based harassment in the communication field.