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Lecturer to Discuss 'Chilly Climate' on Campus

Story posted February 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bernice Sandler, a lecturer and consultant on issues of gender equity in the classroom, will give a lecture titled "A Chilly Climate on Campus? Any Signs of a Thaw?" on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Sandler, a senior scholar in residence at the Washington, D.C.-based National Association for Women in Education, has given more than 2,000 presentations on the issues of sex discrimination at college campuses. She has written two books on the subject and edits a quarterly newsletter, "About Women on Campus." She is a consultant to The Citadel for that school's gender integration attempts.

As a former director of the Association of American Colleges, Sandler published some of the first reports on campus sexual harassment, gang rape, campus peer harassment and the "chilly climate" for women in the classroom. "Chilly climate" refers to the uncomfortable and at times hostile classroom environments women face on many college campuses.

Sandler's lecture is part of a semester-long effort by Rachel Connolly, associate professor of economics at the college, to address gender issues on the Bowdoin campus. Connolly is not teaching this semester, instead serving as special assistant to the president on gender equity. In her new role, Connolly hopes to address the issues of chilly climate, sexual misconduct policies, sexual harassment, particularly employee-student sexual harassment, through a series of workshops and discussions.

Connolly had previously served on the Oversight Committee on the Status of Women and chaired the Task Force for Improving the Status of Women.

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