The discussion is a reaction to the recent viral use of hashtag ‘#MeToo’, used on social media to denounce sexual assault and harassment. In the past weeks, many women (and men) have posted #MeToo messages to share their experiences with unwanted sexual attention and intimidation.
One of them was UT professor Vanessa Evers, whose story aimed to show that power abuse and sexual harassment also exist in academia. The Executive Board of the University of Twente has expressed their support for Evers, and made it clear that no form of transgressive behavior is tolerated at the UT.
In light of these developments, the Ambassador's Network and the FFNT have therefore decided to organize this open discussion focused on UT policies and procedures related to sexual harassment, and on how these policies could be improved in the future. The discussion will be led by Peter-Paul Verbeek and include a panel involving Thom Palstra (Rector Magnificus), Joost Sluijs (HR), Vanessa Evers (EEMCS) and Melanie Braamhaar (UT Confidential Advisor). The whole event will be in English.
As the event hopes to include the entire UT community, everyone is welcome to join the discussion, which will be held on the 8th of November at 16:00-17:30 in the Waaier Building, room 3. You can find more information here.