SafeCampus

EPIC program

EPIC: Empowering Prevention & Inclusive Community

EPIC is a prevention of sexual harassment and gender discrimination program created by and for UW academic student employees and postdoctoral scholars— including graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, research assistants, staff assistants, graders, tutors.

Program goals

Our goal is to provide a program that is responsive to the needs of individual departments and communities and that will work to:

  • Shift UW culture and create new community norms
  • Empower academic student employees and postdoctoral scholars to prevent and respond to sexual harassment
  • Enable academic student employees and postdoctoral scholars to identify how various dimensions of power and identity intersect to create oppressions that facilitate sexual harassment and discrimination in academia

Prevention training

Our innovative prevention training is a comprehensive, research-driven, two-hour interactive session for UW academic student employees and postdoctoral scholars. This Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Training examines sexual harassment in a new way and includes:

  • Discussion of what constitutes sexual harassment
  • Rights and resources available
  • The roles individuals play in stopping harassment
  • Building skills to create safer workplaces, interrupt harassment when it happens and support those who experience harassment

To learn more about trainings offered by the EPIC program, please visit our training page.

Program implementation

The EPIC Program was developed and is being implemented by UW graduate student and postdoctoral scholar training specialists under the guidance of UW SafeCampus and in close coordination with key stakeholders including: academic departments, School of Medicine, Title IX, Student Life, Student Affairs, Student Services, the Graduate School and UAW Local 4121.

Program history

Established during negotiations for the 2018-2020 UW/UAW collective bargaining agreement and the 2019-2021 UW/UAW postdoctoral scholar collective bargaining agreement, the UW and UAW Local 4121 agreed to jointly create an innovative prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination program to educate and provide skill-building specifically geared to the unique dual role academic student employees play as both students and employees and the role of postdoctoral scholars. It is a shared goal of both the University and the UAW to support prevention-focused culture change.

To learn more about the collective bargaining agreement that created EPIC, visit the UW-UAW 2018-2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement: Under Memorandum of Understanding read, the “Sexual Harassment and Prevention Training.”

To learn more about the collective bargaining agreement that incorporated the postdoctoral scholars into the EPIC program, visit the UW-UAW 2019-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement: Under Memorandum of Understanding read, the “Sexual Harassment Training.”

For information about protections against harassment for UW-UAW union members, view Article 20: Non-Discrimination and Harassment.

Program reports

Contact & Feedback

Questions? Reach the EPIC program at epicprogram@uw.edu. We are continually seeking feedback from stakeholders across all UW campuses and would appreciate comments, concerns or thoughts about the development of the EPIC program and training.

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