Frequent acts of sexual harassment can create a school culture where more extreme behavior, including sexual assault, may happen. Dr. Nan Stein discusses this in CNET.
May 26, 2020
A report on campus sexual assault by our Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative was published days before new Title IX rules were issued by the Department of Education.
A journal article co-authored by WCW’s Nan Stein, Ed.D., examines how schools can change their culture to prevent sexual harassment from becoming normalized.
Nan Stein, Ed.D., brings Shifting Boundaries, a middle school sexual harassment prevention program, to new audiences.
Nan Stein, Ed.D., an expert on preventing sexual violence in K-12 schools, weighs in on North Andover High School's response to students' sexual harassment complaints.
Dr. Nan Stein discusses the negative impact of adults body-shaming youth in response to a February 2019 incident.
Nan Stein, Ed.D., WCW senior research scientist, and Mina White, M.P.H., from the California Department of Public Health, presented “Expanding the Boundaries of Shifting Boundaries: From Initial Implementation to Innovation” during the National Sexual Assault Conference 2018 held in August in Anaheim, CA. In October, Stein presented “Nipping Sexual Harassment in the Bud” as part of WomenExplore’s series on “Struggles, Strengths, and Strategies” in Cambridge, MA, and provided a training to Smith College, during which she shared details about the effectiveness of Shifting Boundaries, a multi-level gender-violence/harassment prevention programming in middle schools.
Dr. Nan Stein and her colleague Dr. Bruce Taylor offer three steps that educators can take to address sexual violence and harassment among teenagers.
Drs. Linda Williams and Nan Stein share findings on the prosecution of sexual violence and sexual harassment in schools, respectively.
While in India in November 2017, Emmy Howe, M.Ed., co-director of the National SEED Project, Nan Stein, Ed.D., WCW senior research scientist, and Puja Kranz- Howe, Lesley University senior and Howe’s daughter, visited a women’s cooperative and community educational programs in the greater Mumbai area.
Nan Stein, Ed.D., senior research scientist, Wellesley Centers for WomenSexual Harassment and Violence Are Pervasive in K-12 Schools
Sexual harassment (SH) and sexual violence (SV) in schools are forms of sex discrimination and are prohibited under Federal Law Title IX. As SH/SV on college campuses consume a lot of attention and resources, so must such investments be directed toward prevention efforts in K-12 schools, where SH/SV are rampant and pervasive.
Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., senior research scientist/economist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), spent four weeks visiting the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) in Helsinki where she used grant money from the Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation to continue her research on the project, “Within and Between Firm Trends in Job Polarization: Role of Globalization and Technology.”
Research & Action Report Fall/Winter 2004
Nan Stein, Ed.D. and Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D. have been invited to participate in the First International Conference on Gender Equity Education in the Asia-Pacific Region, which will be hosted by the Population and Gender Studies Center at National Taiwan University in late November.
Research & Action Report Spring/Summer 2005
In December 2004, Linda Williams, Ph.D. and Nan Stein, Ed.D. met with Orietta Gargano, executive director of the Rome Anti-Violence Center in Italy, to discuss collaborative efforts to stop violence against women and girls in the United States and Italy.
Research & Action Report Fall/Winter 2005
Nan Stein, Ed.D., Jasmine Waddell, Ph.D. and Linda Williams, Ph.D. presented at the third South African Gender-Based Violence and Health Conference, designed to bring together researchers, clinicians, program managers, and policy-makers to discuss topics such as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, vulnerable children, barrier methods, contraception, gender, and gender-based violence among others.
For Immediate Release: May 9, 2014
Indiana Gazette, April 4, 2014
For immediate release: March 3, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 3, 2014
Center for New England Investigative Reporting, July 2013
Daniel Adams, Sarah Black, Rory McCann, Ruby Scalera, Sarina Tracy
Christian Science Monitor, April 12, 2013
Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
For Immediate Release: March 14, 2013
by Nan Stein, Ed.D. and Bruce Taylor, Ph.D.
November 28, 2011
Sexual harassment in schools is still with us—its tenacity and persistence were evident in the results from a new national survey of nearly 2,000 students in grades 7-12 released recently by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). As previously documented in their surveys in 1993 and 2001 (eighth through eleventh graders), sexual harassment runs rampant in schools, too often seen by the students as no big deal, normalized through its continuing existence. Yet students are upset by the existence of sexual harassment and they document how it interferes with their concentration, attendance, achievement, course choices, and involvement in activities.
July 12, 2011
Findings from a National Institute of Justice evaluation of Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on Relationships for Students in Middle School, a youth dating violence prevention program in New York City middle schools, indicate that increasing awareness and monitoring of school environments can be effective strategies for reducing dating violence/ harassment (DV/H) among adolescents.
On October 26, 2010, as this commentary went to press, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” to schools that clarifies the relationship between bullying and discriminating harassment under civil rights laws: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.html.
The recent tragic cases of Phoebe Prince and Carl Wal ker -Hoover , two Massachusetts students who took their own lives after being allegedly bullied by their peers, force us to look carefully at the ways in which school personnel are treating and framing student-to-student interactions. I want to propose that, in fact, both children were sexually harassed by their peers; and to call it "bullying" minimizes what they endured.
The Triangle (Drexel University)
March 12, 2010
March 3, 2010
February 18, 2010
Barbara F. Meltz
February 3, 2010
Arizona Daily Star
Rhonda Bodfield and Carmen Duarte
September 27, 2009
Research & Action Report Spring/Summer 2009
Nan Stein Ed.D., traveled to Sundsvall, and Osterund, Sweden in May for the Mid Sweden International Network for Gender Studies (MING) inaugural meeting focusing on women’s health and welfare. There Stein presented one of three open lectures on “What a difference a word makes,” and she participated in several network meetings, school workshops, and consultations with scholars. The objectives of the MING network include constituting a creative interdisciplinary meeting place for researchers interested in health and welfare from a gender perspective in a broad, interdisciplinary sense, in order to improve and develop knowledge in this area of research, including strengthening internationalization in the network.
October 15, 2008
The Tampa Tribune
March 22, 2008
March 11, 2008
Research & Action Report Fall/Winter 2007
Nan Stein traveled to the University of Castilla-La Mancha and the Women’s Institute of Castilla-La Mancha in October to exchange ideas and discuss issues around gender violence.
December 15, 2007
Agence France Press
December 2, 2007
The Guardian (UK)
November 30, 2007
November 16, 2007
The Boston Globe
Anita F. Hill
November 12, 2007
Education Week; Teacher Magazine
September 4, 2007
The New York Times
June 20, 2007
Research & Action Report Fall/Winter 2008
by Nan Stein, Ed.D.
Going back to school this year is going to be unlike any other year; there are extra metal detectors, armed guards, extra security cameras, clipped on photo ids, missing lockers, and more restrictive dress codes. But, this school year also includes extra protection for students who have been sexually harassed by their peers. Read more.
Welcome to the post-Columbine world of zero-tolerance school discipline. Zero tolerance means one strike and you’re out, no matter what. Schools are quick to suspend students for anything that could be deemed a weapon, a drug, or a threat, and the result is that students are being controlled in ways that shred their Constitutional rights. Students have been suspended for papers they have written, thoughts they have had, and drawings they have created (Commonwealth v. Milo, M., 433 Mass. 149 ). Elementary-school children have been suspended for comments made in the heat of a touch football game or in response to a teacher denying permission to go to the bathroom, comments that schools characterized as "death threats." In a case from Jonesboro, Arkansas, an eight year-old boy was suspended for pointing a chicken nugget toward a teacher and saying "Pow, pow."
The Carlisle Mosquito
June 9, 2006
by Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D., and Nan Stein, Ed.D.
June 7, 2006
There are legitimate concerns about boys’ achievement, but there are also legitimate concerns about the way the current issue is being framed. Headlines repeatedly pit girls against boys, and accompanying photos show boys with hurt expressions, dejected, slumped over their desks. The girls who surround them are caught in mid-laugh, whispering to a friend, sitting atop the monkey bars, staring at the camera with defiant self-confidence.