Tackling Harassment: Promoting Cultural Change in Higher Education will be an excellent, well-designed and well-conceptualized course, based on the latest research and theory for preventing bias and harassment. The programme will rely on the positive motivation of community members to promote change and prevent harm by teaching bystanders to identify and notice harassment and injustice, and to respond in safe, appropriate and respectful ways. It will be of benefit to any educational institution that is seeking effective, efficient, and science-based strategies, to be used as part of a larger, comprehensive prevention effort.
Everyone has the right to be respected and accepted for who they are without having to endure the harassment and marginalisation that is so common for many people. Developing the Tackling Harassment programme has been exciting for me as I have been able to draw on my teaching experience and knowledge gained through my role at Stop Hate UK to promote positive attitudes and encourage everyone to play their part in standing against harassment and discrimination.
Being involved in the reviewing of the Tackling Harassment: Promoting Cultural Change in Higher Education speaks to a wider recognition of the need to establish greater diversification and eliminate racial discrimination our universities.
Tackling Harassment is a valuable resource. The course is well-designed and accessible and, most importantly, it offers learners the opportunity to practice their knowledge and translate it into personalised plans for how to be an active bystander and how respond to disclosures. In the face of injustice and prejudice we are often shocked into silence and inaction, but with the knowledge and skills from this course learners will be able to more confidently engage in building safe and inclusive communities.
Tackling Harassment: Promoting Cultural Change in Higher Education is the product of many different voices coming together from diverse backgrounds, disciplines and sectors with the shared goal of increasing understanding of hate and harassment and equipping people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to stand against it. This programme has been designed for learners of all levels, with accessibility, inclusion and intersectional experiences at its heart.
Being a student reviewer for Tackling Harassment has been a great experience. Epigeum have been a delight to work with, offering comprehensive information at every turn, taking our knowledge and lived experience as student reviewers seriously, and taking our feedback constructively. I’ve been made to feel like a genuinely valued part of this project. Considering the transparent, compassionate approach Epigeum has taken, which sincerely puts co-production into practice, I feel that the final version of this programme will reflect the experiences and needs of students. Not only that, I believe it will be a powerful tool to make our campuses safer, and to centre community, accountability and transformative justice in our response to structural inequality.
My experience of the Tackling Harassment programme has been positive. I found that everyone involved was very receptive to feedback from myself and other reviewers. What I appreciated most was that there was no sense that we as reviewers should only be giving feedback through one specific lens; though I am a representative of Disabled students’ experiences, I found that the team was willing to work with points I brought up about the experiences of trans and LGBT+ students and structures of oppression in addition to points about disablism and accessibility.