Creating and Sustaining a Respectful Work Environment Session 1: Setting the Tone: An Introduction to Changing Climate and Culture
From Beth Leete
Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar
Rebecca Campbell, Professor, Psychology, Chairperson of the MSU RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup and Presidential Advisor
Carrie Moylan, Assistant Professor, Social Work
Lydia Weiss, Climate & Response Specialist, Prevention, Outreach and Education Department
Suzanne Lang, Interim Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources
Joe Salem, Dean, MSU Libraries
Teresa Mastin, Chairperson, Advertising and Public Relations
Vennie Gore, Senior Vice President, Auxiliary Enterprises
To create lasting change, one must first understand the context they are working in. In 2019, MSU administered the “Know More” survey to faculty, staff and students to gauge their perceptions of the current institutional climate, particularly related to relationship violence and sexual misconduct (RVSM). A brief presentation of these survey results will provide participants with insights into key issues related to RVSM, identity-based harassment, and broader concerns that are affecting the MSU community. Using this as a foundation, the session will then explore the power (both real and perceived) that leaders hold, ways leaders can role-model/tone-set positive environments, and why it is important to identify behaviors or situations that could be potentially harmful or disrespectful. Finally, a panel of university leaders who have been working at changing the climate in their units will share their experiences and lessons learned.