The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings Offered to the Cultural Sector

Recent news has reminded us that the nonprofit cultural sector is not immune to problems of sexual harassment in the workplace. We have reached out to our sister state agency, the Mass Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), to offer education and training to ensure our cultural nonprofits are meeting the highest standards in sexual harassment prevention. The trainings will be presented by Jeremy Scheiner of MCAD. In each region a morning session and an identical afternoon session will be offered. Please register for one session as soon as possible if you are interested in participating as each training will be capped at 40 participants.

Description: This specialized training focuses on sexual harassment in the workplace. The course touches briefly on overview topics: the protected identity categories, disparate treatment, harassment (both sexual and non-sexual), disability/religious accommodations, liability, and the MCAD process. After getting a quick overview of Massachusetts anti-discrimination law, participants will do a deep dive into techniques and tools for addressing sexual harassment. Topics include: nuances in the sexual harassment legal standard, reviewing your organization’s sexual harassment policy and code of conduct, and bystander intervention.

About the Trainer: Jeremy Scheiner is the Director of Training for MCAD. As the Director of Training, Jeremy is charged with all training, outreach, and education efforts across the Commonwealth on behalf of the MCAD. Since he started his role, Jeremy has conducted approximately 100 trainings and trained over 2,000 people. Jeremy started his career as a 4th grade teacher in Lawrence, MA. After spending several years in the classroom, Jeremy began working with adults as a full-time diversity, equity, and inclusivity trainer. Among many things, Jeremy designed and led over 50 diversity, equity, and inclusivity professional development sessions for over 450 professionals. Jeremy has an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston University and a B. A. in Education Studies and Women’s Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Scheduled Trainings:

Cape Cod
June 20th, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm, Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis MA 02638

Western Massachusetts
June 26th, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm, MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA way, North Adams, MA 01247

Greater Boston
June 28th, 9:30am-12:30pm OR 1pm-4pm, The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, Boston MA 02116


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