STOP the Bull(ying) in Higher Education Symposium for Faculty

Posted by on Dec 17, 2022 in Uncategorized

STOP the Bull(ying) in Higher Education Symposium for Faculty February 24, 2023– 10 am – 2:15 pm- Eastern Time March 31, 2023—10 am- 2:45 pm- Eastern Time Workplace bullying in higher education destroys careers, creates health problems, diminishes diversity/inclusion efforts, and erodes organizational trust. Given the breadth of problems that workplace bullying causes for higher education, many faculty are dedicated to stopping this aggressive and unproductive behavior.   Lehigh University- the Marcon Institute for Social Justice, Boston University- Center for Character & Social Responsibility, The National Workplace Bullying Coalition, Patricia Berkly LLC,  Academic Parity, and Maryland AAUP  are partnering to tackle some of these problems. We are hosting a symposium for faculty and practitioners to discuss the problem and then develop a position paper that will be widely available.   The topics: 1.Faculty career safety 2.Faculty health issues 3.Cost and Legal Ramifications 4. Institutional Diversity Impact on research   Two-day Symposium:  Friday February 24 from 10 am- 2:15 pm and Friday March 31, EST 10 am – 2: 45 pm Each topic will begin with a 10-minute lead-off discussion by a content expert. Next, we will have an hour and 15-minute discussion. The symposium will be recorded to inform an extensive report of recommendations. State of the problem (1 of 5 topics) & examples – 10 minutes Discussion on the 45 minutes Brainstorm about solutions – 30 minutes All discussions will be records and then transcribed   All comments will be recorded for the purpose of transcription and report development. All research experts will be listed in the final report unless otherwise indicated they wish to remain anonymous. Participants’ names will NOT be used.  IRB# 22/11-0190. If you wish to attend both meetings, please register for both; meetings have different links   Day 1 February 24- All times are Eastern Standard Time Introductions and Opening Welcome Message and Purpose of the Symposium 10:00 am- 10:10am  Leah P. Hollis & Holona Ochs   Overview         Loreleigh Keashly 10:10 am 10-minute brief on topic 10:20 am -11:00 am Open Discussion on the topic   Topic #1-Legal Issues and Cost.  Jerry Carbo 11:05 am 10- minute brief on topic 11:15 am- 12 noon  Open Discussion on the Topic 12 noon – 12:30 pm possible solutions   Topic #2- Faculty Career Safety. Stacy Tye-Williams 12:35 pm 10- minute brief on topic 12:45 pm- 1:30 pm Open Discussion on the Topic 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm possible solutions   Closing 2:00 pm- 2:25 pm Leah Hollis- the project and March 31 preview   Register in advance for this meeting. Copy/Paste Link into Browser. Space is limited:   DAY 2 March 31 10:00 am   Introductions and Recap Leah Hollis & Holona Ochs 10:10 am.  Welcome Message and Purpose of the Symposium   Topic #3- Institutional Diversity. Jennifer Swann 10:10 am 10-minute brief on topic 10:20 am -11:05 am Open Discussion on the topic 11:05 am...

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Boston University honors Hollis, Social Justice Advocate/Educator

Posted by on Sep 8, 2022 in bullying, Discrimination, Uncategorized, workplace bullying

Boston University honors Hollis, Social Justice Advocate/Educator   Boston University honors Hollis, Social Justice Advocate/Educator   Boston University honors Hollis, Social Justice Advocate/Educator Dr. Leah P. Hollis, a Boston University, Martin Luther King Jr Fellow for Social Justice, has been awarded the Lucy Wheelock Alumni Award for 2022. Specifically, the Boston University/Wheelock alumni network honors Hollis for “championing causes such as workplace bullying, discrimination, pay inequity, and gender bias.” Many of her colleagues comment that Hollis’ advocacy inspired the historic 9% raise for faculty and the introduction of more substantial pay bumps as the point of tenure and promotion. Boston University Professor and Dean Emeritus, Dr. Hardin Coleman stated, “it is impressive they way in which Dr, Hollis uses her research and practical experience to effect real change in the world that often benefits the most vulnerable.” Hollis’s  efforts align with the Morgan State core values of excellence, integrity, respect, diversity, innovation, and leadership. Therefore, she is a recent awardee of the Dr. Iva G Jones award, the highest award bestowed on faculty at Morgan State University for research, teaching, services, and character. Hollis has dedicated her academic research to workplace bullying and specifically how bullying disproportionately affects women and people of color.   Her research informs her Social Justice course which won an award from AERA (American Educational Research Association). Hollis has penned over 50 articles and worked with over 300 colleges and universities to curtail costly and health-harming workplace bullying on campus.  In the last year, she has completed two books with Routledge, Human Resource Perspectives on Workplace Bullying in Higher Education Understanding Vulnerable Employees’ Experiences (2021) and Black Women, Intersectionality, and Workplace Bullying Intersecting Distress(2022).  Hollis continues to work through her consulting group, Patricia Berkly...

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Lecture on ECO System on Workplace bullying- OCT 27. 2pm EST. Boston University

Posted by on Oct 16, 2021 in bullying, Discrimination, Diversity Training

  Center for Character and Social Responsibility Occasional Seminar Series (free event) 2:00– 3:30 PM October 27, 2021 People, Places, Things: A comprehensive eco system model of workplace bullying in higher education     Leah P. Hollis, Ed.D Associate Professor of Advanced Studies, Leadership, and Policy College of Education and Urban Studies Morgan State University Senior Scholar Center for Character and Social Responsibility   Join Zoom Meeting In the past decade, several scholars have examined the antecedents and causes of workplace bullying. We have examined the psychological position of the bully, the involvement of leadership, and potential health problems. However, it appears to date there has not been a study that exams the ECO system of workplace bullying, that is how do all these elements work together to create hostile work environments in higher education that support bullying.  Therefore, this lecture will offer an Eco system of workplace bullying in higher education, which is the result of 18 in-depth interviews with faculty.  Not only will this lecture present the findings of the extended case study and resulting model, but we will also garner feedback from participants that may contribute to a future integration of the model. Leah P. Hollis Ed.D., Associate Professor at Morgan State is a noted national and international expert on workplace bullying. Her recent book, Human Resource Perspectives on Workplace Bullying in Higher Education Understanding Vulnerable Employees’ Experiences was released by Routledge Publishers in May 2021.  It empirically examines the structural and organizational problems that sustain workplace bullying and hurt junior faculty, women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Other notable work includes The Coercive Community College: Bullying and its Costly Impact on the Mission to Serve Underrepresented Populations, which was released by Emerald publications in 2016.    ...

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PBS HOUR- check out the article

Posted by on Aug 9, 2021 in Uncategorized

Leah Hollis’ work continues to gain national attention.  The PBS Hour has referenced her work on why more black women are saying NO.  They are saying no to enduring mental stress, no to unequal pay, no to harsh and discriminatory work conditions.  Check out the link below!

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COVID-19 and civility

Posted by on May 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

The world remains on edge as one of the largest pandemics (Covid-19) sweeps the continents. Across the United States, at least five states to date have declared a state of emergency. According to CNN, over 300,000 students are out of school across the world, with American institutions like Ohio State, Princeton University, and the University of Southern California moving classes to online. Conferences and flights are canceled, with tensions rising about the pandemic. This biomedical crisis certainly has people on edge. However, let me remind people that civility belongs even here, especially in working with service employees who are treating the illness or working in places that provide janitorial products to reduce the spread. Earlier this week, my colleague and I were at a local drug store hunting for the last can of Lysol. The schools in our area are closing, and elders have been told to self-quarantine.  In our hunt, we realized the run on toilet paper, cleansers, and hand sanitizers left shelves bare. As we began our exit, we were shocked to find a man yelling at cursing at the attendant. “ This is the ++++ plague! Why are you out of stock!” The young lady behind the register had turned red-faced and her eyes widened. The man continued his verbal abuse. “I can’t believe this! Who is your manager!?” The young attendance was still stunned with the customers in the whole store frozen in disbelief. In the time of a global crisis, we should find it even more important to be civil to each other. We all have concerns and fears, but such will not be abated in abusing each other over hand sanitizer and Lysol. Here are some things to consider: Remember the people working in these stores probably do not want extended exposure to the public in this crisis. Empathize with their experiences.‘Please’ and ‘thank you’ are still better than yelling and cursing, regardless of the pandemic.Look for other solutions to kill germs that you may already have at home (soap, bleach, ammonia) to help sanitize (our grandmothers didn’t have hand sanitizer).We all need to be a community when this pandemic is curtailed. Be kind to members of your community. This pandemic should remind everyone just how interconnected we are. In 2020, a number of activities can be conducted online. Course meetings, online shopping, and face time can make self- quarantines more livable. As we all ban together to ward off Covid-19, a kind word is still an anecdote to...

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