Our Principles

Mission

MeTooSTEM seeks to end sexual misconduct in STEM by serving as a relentless advocacy network. We are committed to community awareness, truth, equity, and restoration.

Values

MeTooSTEM advocates for survivor-centered policies that prioritize the safety of the survivor and offers to file reports of sexual misconduct on the survivor’s behalf.

MeTooSTEM amplifies the voices of women of color, trans and nonbinary people, people with disabilities, and people that are underrepresented in STEM spaces.

 MeTooSTEM provides a community that uses skillful behavior and validates their experiences of survivors and whistleblowers with compassion and empathy.

MeTooSTEM believes in restorative justice principles as well as holding those who commit sexual misconduct accountable for their wrong-doing.

 MeTooSTEM supports survivors by providing tangible resources as well as supporting the mental, emotional, financial, and professional well-being of the survivor.

MeTooSTEM is not an emergency services organization. We work with sister organizations like the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Suicide Hotline, and RAINN which provide emergency counseling. MeTooSTEM upholds a commitment to privacy in communications with clients and potential clients. We will not serve as mandatory reporters.  

Goals

MeTooSTEM believes that early intensive investments in support for individuals who have been harmed by sexual misconduct partnered with community education will lead to healthier outcomes, less institutional distress, more productive communities and allow us to achieve our academic mission of education with integrity.


Victim & Whistleblower Support

  • Provide free help for filing Title IX, Title VII, EEOC, DoJ and funding agency reporting of sexual misconduct
  • Inform victims about resources for disclosing Title IX findings and develop systems to inform the community about individuals who have been found guilty and rates of misconduct on campuses
  • Improve the use of national legal resources that center the individual harmed in seeking justice and accountability
  • Establish a network of individual lawyers, EEOC, DoJ and watchdog organizations that protect whistleblowers
  • Promote the careers of individual whistleblowers and victims who have endured retaliation and harm
  • Restore the lives of victims and whistleblowers of sexual misconduct by attending to their emotional, physical health and financial well-being
Community
  • Provide safe spaces to discuss issues of sexual misconduct, retaliation, and whistleblowing
  • Promote the voices, careers and well being of LGBTQAI individuals, individuals with disabilities, people of color and ethnic minorities
  • Engage in conversations around harm resulting from homogenous cultures and values that are inconsistent with creative environments
  • Build an informed community through clinicians and scholars who speak about PTSD, legal filings, wellness, unionization, Congressional action, and restorative justice
  • Empower deep thought and respect during periods of crisis. Empower leaders and trainees to identify and deploy resources to remove barriers to safety-minded actions
  • Build leaders who are trained as sexual assault responders
  • Elevate and fund individuals who have shown exceptional valor by championing individuals harmed by sexual misconduct
  • Partner with like-minded organizations that center the most vulnerable individuals in STEM
Institutional
  • Work within and among institutions to re-envision policies to value safety over institutional branding
  • Parallel investigative processes with an intensive, victim-centered program that provides resources for safety, wellness, and education
  • Limit retaliation by advocating for safety by removing accused individuals from positions of power and influence during investigations and placing them on paid administrative leave
  • Develop anti-retaliation plans that encompass work, personal and professional travel obligations
  • Remove individuals found guilty of sexual misconduct from positions of power and influence. Remove them from prestigious societies by enacting policies that value the humans who make our work possible