Let's Stop Pretending Sexual Assault Doesn't Happen in Schools
Nan Stein, Ed.D., senior research scientist at WCW, and her colleague Bruce Taylor of University of Chicago urged educators to acknowledge the fact that sexual assault happens at schools in their Education Week op-ed earlier this month. With the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on their minds, Stein and Taylor reminded readers that today's educators have access to data indicating that sexual assault happens in K-12 schools, and it is time for them to take steps to prevent it. 

"As researchers, we know that there is a high prevalence of sexual assault among teens today and that schools are not implementing effective strategies to address this kind of violence," they wrote. As a first step, they offered three ways educators can take action against sexual assault and harassment among teens.
NIH Awards WCW Funding to Promote Undergraduate Research
The National Institutes of Health awarded WCW $450,000 over three years to study social media use of early adolescents while providing Wellesley College students with hands-on research opportunities. The longitudinal, multi-method study led by Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., principal investigator, looks at associations between middle school students’ social media use and health implications, as well as the roles of peer influence and parental monitoring. Undergraduate students from Wellesley College are central to the research process, a key focus of the NIH funding. 
Upcoming Lunchtime Seminars Look at Body Image Issues and Social Media Use
This fall's thought-provoking Lunchtime Seminar Series runs through November 15. Enjoy presentations by scholars and friends of WCW about ways their work advances gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing. Programs are free and open to the public. Join us in Room 413 of the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center at Wellesley College or watch the live stream on the WCW Facebook page. Upcoming programs include:

10/25: Digital Citizenship, Health, and Wellness - Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and her Wellesley College student research assistants share data from two recent studies -- a 2016 post-election survey on media and identity and a 2017-18 study on early adolescent social media use and wellbeing. 

11/15: The Politics of Respectability: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Female Bodies & Behaviors - LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D., examines how respectability politics influence the lived experiences of girls from diverse cultural backgrounds. 
WCW Experts in the News
Scholars at WCW are often featured in local and national news. In a recent Boston Globe article, journalist Kara Baskin highlights the ways social and emotional learning programs like WCW's Open Circle are giving children the tools to work through normal childhood conflicts while also being able to identify bullying behavior and alert a trusted adult.

Last month, Linda Williams, Ph.D., director of the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative at WCW, spoke with Angelina Chapin of Huffington Post about the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and how she was portrayed as a "credible accuser" due to her academic background. In reality, most sexual assault survivors do not share Blasey's background and are therefore seen as less credible.
Join Our Team
We are searching for two new employees to join our team in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Help us spread the word by sharing these opportunities with folks who may be interested:

Grants Accountant: This full time position will be responsible for the daily financial monitoring of assigned sponsored research grants and contracts primarily in the sciences.

Research Associate: This part time position will provide administrative, logistical, and technical support to our Youth, Media, and Wellbeing Research Lab.