Interrupting Street Harassment


December 19, 2016

Street harassment was originally defined as a form of sexual harassment occurring in public places and included “cat calls,” “flashing” or groping a woman. Recently, there has been increased attention to street harassment targeting individuals due to their race, ethnicity, or religion. Notably, since the results of the presidential election on November 8, 2016, there have been hundreds of documented cases of street harassment and a desire to learn more about how to respond. This workshop discusses street harassment and strategies for responding whether you are being targeted or you are a bystander or ally wanting to help interrupt street harassment.

Presenter: Dr. NiCole Buchanan 

NiCole Buchanan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender and race/ethnicity with an emphasis on harassment targeting African American and Latina women. Her recent publications examine racialized sexual harassment, race- and gender-based harassment among college students and working adults, race and gender-role ideology as moderators of harassment and outcomes among White and Black women, contrapower harassment in academia, gendered bullying, and therapeutic concerns of racially ambiguous and non-visible minority women. For more information:

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