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Fostering a Culture of Respect

The Department of Chemistry is committed to fostering a respectful workplace culture. We strive to cultivate a safe, inclusive, fair environment where our staff, faculty, researchers and students can thrive as they advance new chemical frontiers through research, innovation, collaboration and scholarship.

Recent Updates

The Royal Society of Chemistry and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine published reports on sexual harassment and inequality in late 2018.

Breaking the Barriers

Breaking the Barriers

The "Breaking the Barriers" report published by the Royal Society of Chemistry calls for zero-tolerance over academia's inequality problem.
Sexual Harassment of Women

Sexual Harassment of Women

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine published a report titled "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine."

Dr. Maria Dulay's Story

The #MeToo movement has had an incredible impact, inspiring countless individuals to step forward with their stories of sexual misconduct and ushering in a wave of change in academia and industries across the globe.

A brave woman in the Stanford Department of Chemistry, Dr. Maria Dulay, told her story to Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) in an article titled “Confronting sexual harassment in chemistry.” In the article, Maria was referred to as “Nancy” to protect her privacy. Published in September 2017, the article shined a harsh light on the problem of sexual misconduct in academia.

“The shame of being involved in a harassment situation is quite overwhelming. You don't want anyone to know because you think they will wonder how a smart woman could ever get into a situation like that.” - Dr. Maria Dulay

Read the C&EN article


Creating a Shared Culture of Respect

In partnership with the Sexual Harassment Policy Office, the Department of Chemistry has developed and distributed an informational flyer on sexual harassment that outlines how to report concerns to the university and lists resources and contacts available to the campus community.

In late February 2018, the department organized a workshop for faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral scholars on “Creating a Shared Culture of Respect.” Speakers from the Sexual Harassment Policy Office, Human Resources and the Title IX Office discussed professionalism, harassment and discrimination, and they provided resources for reporting concerns and receiving counseling. Following the workshop, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a thoughtful, interactive discussion. A follow-up survey was conducted to solicit feedback from attendees. A video of the workshop is available below.

Maria Dulay

A Wave of Change

Girl on Headphones

Stereo Chemistry Podcast

C&EN's host Kerri Jansen spoke with reporters who broke the story and chemists who have survived sexual harassment, including Maria Dulay and Miranda Paley of ACS.
Students in the Lab

American Chemical Society

2018 annual ACS meeting included a two-part session focused on the “Science of Sexual Harassment” examining sexual harassment and what communities are doing to stop it in chemistry and beyond.
Molecular Structure

National Science Foundation

NSF has taken steps to ensure that research environments are free from sexual harassment and has strengthened its policies, guidelines and communications so that institutions understand expectations and individuals understand their rights.

Stanford's Steps Forward

Annual Report

This past month, Provost Persis Drell issued Stanford’s first Annual Title IX/Sexual Harassment Report, which provides the campus community with cases of prohibited sexual conduct that have been brought to the university over the past academic year and the outcomes of those cases.

Letter from the Provost

A letter written by Provost Drell accompanied the report, reaffirming Stanford’s commitment to preventing sexual violence, supporting victims and providing fair and effective adjudication processes. The letter outlines a series of new initiatives in the areas of education and prevention and asks the campus community to tackle this issue together and put an end to sexual violence. 

Title IX compliance at the university

In April, Provost Drell also shared the news that Stanford and the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education reached a resolution agreement regarding Title IX compliance at the university.



Stanford offers a variety of resources and services to students, staff and faculty who are concerned about sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct.

Review a list of Stanford services and resources

Persis Drell, Provost Stanford University


Dr. Nancy Gray

Special Seminar with Dr. Nancy Gray

Nancy Gray, CEO of Gordon Research Conferences, shared how GRC has created a new forum for conversations about inclusivity, strategies for addressing harassment, and the culture change needed to support women throughout their scientific careers.
Creating a Shared Culture of Respect

Creating a Shared Culture of Respect

In partnership with the Sexual Harassment Policy Office, we held a workshop where we learned how to work together as a community to make our workplace safe, inclusive and respectful.

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How we can work together

The Department of Chemistry and Stanford University do not tolerate sexual harassment and are committed to creating a workplace environment of mutual respect, honesty and integrity. Moving forward, we will continue our efforts to cultivate a respectful and inclusive culture, and we encourage dialogue about how we can work together as a community to address these issues and find appropriate solutions. We will provide updates to the campus community about future events and initiatives we are undertaking through our website, social media outlets and quarterly newsletter.

The Department of Chemistry welcomes and encourages feedback about how we can work together as a community to create an inclusive, respectful and fair work environment. Share your feedback with us through this anonymous webform. 

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