National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine

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Sponsored by the Campus Climate & Culture Initiative (C3I)

Event Description

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently issued a consensus study report entitled Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The consensus report examines the prevalence, nature, and impact of sexual harassment in science, engineering, and medicine, and further offers evidence-based recommendations for colleges and universities to consider and apply to their own circumstances. The Campus Climate and Culture Initiative (C3I) follows, and expands upon, the recommendations for institutions of higher education made in the NASEM report.

On January 13th and 14th, 2020, Dr. Frazier Benya, Senior Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (CWSEM) at NASEM, Dr. Arielle Baker Gu ‘19, Associate Program Officer with CWSEM, and Dr. Lilia Cortina Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies and Management & Organizations at University of Michigan, will join us at Dartmouth to discuss the findings and recommendations included in the consensus report.

Dr. Frazier Benya


Dr. Arielle Baker


Dr. Lilia M. Cortina

Dr. Frazier Benya (she/her/hers) is a Senior Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Benya’s work focuses on ensuring that science, engineering, and medicine are ethical and socially responsible, both in their practice and in who gets to participate in the work. Before joining the CWSEM staff, Dr. Benya worked with the National Academy of Engineering from 2011 to 2017, during which time she managed projects for its Center for Engineering Ethics and Society and co-led the effort to expand and enhance the NAE Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science website. Her work with the NAE focused on improving and enhancing engineering ethics education and on analyzing the pathways engineers take from education to the workforce.

Dr. Benya holds a B.A with honors in Science, Technology and Society from the University of Puget Sound, and a M.A. in Bioethics and Ph.D. in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Minnesota. Her Ph.D. focused on the history of bioethics and scientific social responsibility during the 1960s and 1970s that led to the creation of the first federal bioethics commission in 1974. Her M.A. examined different types of institutional methodologies for considering the social implications of science with a focus on those that integrate scientific research with ethics research in the United States and Canada. Dr. Benya was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017.


Dr. Arielle Baker (they/their/theirs) is an Associate Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Baker’s work aims to eliminate harmful cultures and climates in higher education. Prior to working on the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, Dr. Baker served as a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies, contributing to CWSEM’s ongoing consensus study addressing factors contributing to the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM). They are passionate about promoting equity and inclusion in science, particularly with respect to sexual and gender minority communities.


Dr. Baker holds Bachelors degrees with honors in Neuroscience and in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College. Their dissertation work examined the connectivity and modulation of cortical circuitry, with the goal of identifying fundamental principles dysregulated in psychiatric disease.



Dr. Lilia M. Cortina (she, her, hers) is Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan. An organizational psychologist, she investigates the many ways in which people are subordinated, violated, and relegated to the margins of organizational life. These interpersonal indignities range from subtle social slights to general incivility to blatant harassment and violence. Professor Cortina’s scholarship spans the full spectrum, with a particular focus on incivility and harassment based on gender/sex. To date, she has published nearly 80 scientific articles and chapters on these topics. In recognition of unusual and outstanding contributions to the field, Professor Cortina has been named Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Professor Cortina’s research on workplace harassment has won awards, but its impact stretches beyond academia and into other professional spheres. She has served as an expert witness in a range of venues, translating findings from social science to inform policy and legal decision-making. For example, she provided expert testimony to the Department of Defense Judicial Proceedings Panel; commissioned by Congress, this Panel conducted an independent review of military judicial procedures surrounding sexual assault. She also testified to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. In addition, Professor Cortina was part of a committee that authored a major report on sexual harassment for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

In addition to research, Professor Cortina is Associate Director of the University of Michigan’s ADVANCE Program, which supports faculty diversity and excellence in all fields (especially science and engineering). Cortina is also Co-Director of the ICOS Program. ICOS, or the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies, has the single goal of enhancing the University of Michigan’s strength as a world center for interdisciplinary research and scholarship on organizations.

Professor Cortina earned her A.M. and Ph.D in Psychology (with a graduate minor in Quantitative Methods) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided at the Main Event

Drs. Benya, Baker, and Cortina are available to meet with individuals to talk about the NASEM report, NASEM Action Collaborative, and research on sexual harassment on Tuesday January 14th between 10:00 am-11:15 am. To reserve time to speak with them, please email Dr. Benya (fbenya@nas.edu) and Dr. Baker (abaker@nas.edu).

If you have any questions please feel free to email C3I@dartmouth.edu.