About the Program

About the training

Fieldwork is an important and often necessary component of many scientific disciplines, yet research suggests that it presents a high-risk setting for incidents of sexual harassment and assault. The Building a Better Fieldwork Future (BBFF) Program involves a 90-minute workshop developed by a team of field researchers at UC Santa Cruz. It identifies the unique risks posed by fieldwork and offers a suite of evidence-based tools for field researchers, instructors, and students to prevent, intervene in, and respond to sexual harassment and assault. Through a series of practical intervention scenarios, this workshop guides participants on how to be an active and engaged bystander, how to report incidents, and how to plan field settings to minimize risk. Armed with these tools, participants can play a role in ensuring that field settings are safer, more equitable, and more welcoming for the next generation of field scientists.

History of the workshop

In 2018, with support from the Thoreau Foundation and CAMINO at UC Santa Cruz, we developed a workshop, Building a Better Fieldwork Future: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Field, that prepares students, field researchers, instructors and staff to maintain their and each other’s well-being in the field by addressing difficult areas such as avoiding and navigating harassment in the field (for both men and women, as targets, witnesses who can intervene, and unwitting or witting perpetrators) and understanding appropriate boundaries around team member relationships. This workshop has been delivered to thousands of participants and garnered significant national attention and praise. According to preliminary survey results, participants report greater knowledge about and confidence in intervening, preventing, responding to, and reporting sexual harassment and assault in field settings after taking the workshop (Cronin et al., submitted).

How much does the training cost?

Our Certified BBFF trainers put an incredible amount of hard work into refining, preparing, and delivering the workshop. We work to ensure that our trainers' time is appropriately compensated. Therefore we suggest that workshop hosts offer an honorarium to Certified Trainers who deliver the workshop to their intended audiences. Suggested honorariums are on a sliding scale below. We exist to support groups who are impacted most by harassment and assault in the field, including those without the resources of a larger organization. If you or your organization want to host a training and can't afford these costs, please get in touch with us here.

In some cases, trainers may request that your hours are covered within the scope of your normal work compensation, and some trainers may offer the workshop pro-bono at their discretion.

Our past trainings

We have trained thousands of participants across 3 continents. See the map below for the locations and participant densities of previous BBFF trainings:

Past BBFF audiences include:

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