“Being referred to as the daughter or wife of a fellow male employee when I am their supervisor.”; “Being told I look too old to be a graduate student.”; “My supervisor suggested I not share I am gay.”; “Uninvited kisses are never OK.” Unfortunately, these are common real-life examples of biased comments and uninvited behaviors experienced by wildlife professionals in the workplace as revealed by a recent anonymous survey of wildlife professionals in Wisconsin. We propose an interactive panel exercise, led by Professor Erika Marin-Spiotta, a STEM scientist whose research explores underrepresented groups, sexism, and sexual harassment in science. We will use case studies to teach professionals to be active allies through bystander intervention, by recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interactions and choosing to respond in ways that could positively influence the outcome. Through this panel, we will have an open discussion about the significance of these harmful behaviors while teaching individuals the five Ds of bystander intervention: direct, distract, delegate, delay and document. Discrimination, bias, and exclusion affects many groups of people, including undergraduates, graduate students, early-, mid-, and late-career professionals, and retirees. In order to change these behaviors moving forward, we must become allies. Allies provide support at all levels of professional practice through leadership, mentorship, cooperation, and cheerleading. Together we can make the wildlife profession a better and more inclusive vocation for all.
Organizers: Jennifer Merems, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Tricia Fry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Tim Van Deelen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.
Supported by: Women of Wildlife, Ethnic Gender and Diversity Working Group