Dear Colleague: #MeToo

Dr. Sherry L. Early, Elizabeth McGlone, Dr. Rieko Miyakuni

April 14, 2019

In her 2018 Golden Globe Speech receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Oprah stated: "...a new day is on the horizon!  And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women...and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has who say 'Me Too' again.”  


More than 11% of graduate and undergraduate students who are attending predominantly White institutions are the victims of rape and/or sexual assault (Cantor, Fisher, Chibnall, Townsend, Lee, Bruch & Thomas, 2017).  The #MeToo Movement has exposed sexism and harassment. We need to face how it exists within the academy and recognize it may not be a PWI trend. Unwanted sexual advances and/or pervasive acts are clear signs of sexism and misogyny. In order to combat this violence, we must end sexual violence in all forms at all institutions of higher learning against all people. By educating higher education professionals we are encouraging an intersectional approach to identity development (Edwards, 2006) and we can address underlying hate, inequity, and injustices within our field.


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Dr. Sherry Early is an assistant professor at Marshall University in Leadership Studies. She spent 10 years as an administrator in residence life, leadership development, service learning, diversity initiatives, and has taught numerous leadership courses.  She received her Master’s in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University and her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University and has been very active with NASPA for the past 13 consecutive years.

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