Witnessing or experiencing harassment, discriminatory actions, or microaggressions in
academia is all too common. Individuals often experience this harm because of their real or
perceived intersecting identities, including race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability
status, religious affiliation, nationality, or immigration status. Many faculty and graduate
students want to respond, but do not have strategies for the unique power differentials and
context of their particular academic settings. This training will offer the space for academics to
reflect on how harassment and discrimination manifest in the field of geography. Individuals
will use tailored case scenarios to practice the skills of bystander intervention, calling in/out,
amplification, and micro-affirmations. Faculty and graduate students will leave this session
having concrete response skills that support positive community and social norms and the
development of healthier academic settings that inhibit future harm from occurring.
The workshop will be conducted by Kiana Swearingen a Prevention, Education, &
Communications Manager for SafeCampus, the University of Washington’s Violence Prevention
and Response Program. In this role Kiana manages violence prevention training efforts for staff,
faculty and student employees at the University of Washington (UW).
Kiana has worked in the anti-violence field for over 15 years. Her work has centered on intersectional and trauma-informed prevention and response to sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault.
As a prevention educator, she supports communities in implementing strategies to create healthy workplace cultures that inhibit harm from occurring. She has trained regionally and nationally on theory-driven community-centered best practices for developing and conducting violence prevention efforts and building innovative systems-level responses for survivors.
Kiana is the current Prevention, Education, & Communications Manager for SafeCampus, the University of Washington’s Violence Prevention and Response Program. Previous to this role Kiana worked as a community-based advocate and prevention educator for ten years.
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