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Prevention & Education (PEAR)

Opening in Fall 2022!

PEAR is a new department of ECRT, focusing on providing sexual and gender-based misconduct prevention education for faculty and staff. PEAR will collaborate with partners across campus to offer sexual and gender-based misconduct and harassment prevention eduction for faculty and staff, and will work closely with SAPAC (Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center) to create and provide a comprehensive prevention plan for all of campus.

The PEAR team (a 5-person office) will offer workshops, resources, consultations with faculty and staff leaders, and will provide assistance in creating unit-level sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct prevention plans. The PEAR team will also provide assistance to units as they holistically respond to sexual misconduct in their communities.

Specific workshops & resources coming in Fall 2022.

PEAR Staff

Kaaren Williamsen

Kaaren Williamsen

PEAR Director

Kaaren Williamsen is the Director of the Prevention, Education, Assistance and Resources (PEAR) unit at ECRT. She served as the director of U-M’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center from 2017-2022. She came to U-M from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where she was the Title IX coordinator. Earlier in her career she spent 15 years directing the Gender and Sexuality Center at Carleton College. As the founding director, she developed innovative sexual violence prevention programming and created institutional support services for LGBTQ students. Kaaren earned her doctorate in organizational leadership, policy and development at the University of Minnesota. She has a Master of Science degree in women’s studies and a Master of Arts degree in counseling and student personnel psychology.

Campus Prevention Experts, Partners, & Programs

Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC)

SAPAC, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, offers prevention education for students, confidential support for survivors, and collaborates with others through trainings, programs, and innovative community engagement strategies to collectively create a campus free from violence.

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching: CRLT Players Moving the Needle Series

Moving the Needle: Shifting the Conversation around Sexual Harassment

Part research presentation, part embodied case study, and part community conversation, Moving the Needle: Shifting the Conversation around Sexual Harassment challenges participants to expand their understanding of what sexual harassment is, how it impacts individuals and communities and what makes an environment ripe for its presence. Using the NASEM consensus study report as both grounding and springboard, this session eschews a “tips and tricks” workshop model, instead pointing attendees toward the ongoing reflective practices that individuals and communities will need to commit to in order to address the culturally embedded problem of sexual harassment. This session is best suited to full-unit conversations including faculty, staff and graduate students.

The typical session length is 120 minutes. Moving the Needle: Shifting the Conversation around Sexual Harassment can be offered as a synchronous, virtual session or an in-person session.

Organizational Learning: Culture Change Initiatives

U-M made a commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in 2016. As part of this effort, Organizational Learning continues to develop long-term educational strategies and interventions for university-wide culture change initiatives. This includes diversity, equity and inclusion and sexual and gender-based misconduct. We coordinate with partners across the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses and Michigan Medicine to support the building and maintenance of a respectful, inclusive and equitable learning and working environment. We provide training and skill development opportunities to help create a community where people’s differences contribute to further learning and advancements in all fields of study and patient care. In addition, we provide education and training programs to eliminate sexual and gender-based misconduct.

Initiative on Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender

This initiative is composed of an interdisciplinary group of scholars across the University of Michigan. This group coalesced in 2017 out of a desire to better understand the enduring problem of gender-based violence. In May 2018, they sponsored a Michigan Meeting to bring together researchers, activists, students and community-based organizations.

Now operating as a research initiative in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), the group continues to promote interdisciplinary engagement with a particular focus on work that encourages practitioner-scholar collaboration on gender-based violence and sexual harassment.