Let's address the elephant in the room - Bullying in academia
Hi R Voice family! Today, I want to talk to you about a very serious issue that has plagued academia - bullying. Last week, I ran a poll on Twitter to understand just how widespread this is. And the results were both both upsetting and terrifying. Of the 222 researchers who took this poll, 61% answered "Yes, I have experienced bullying at my university or academic institution/organization." That's one too many 😐️
The worst part is that the results of this poll are unsurprising. Back when I was working on the CACTUS Mental Health Survey, the results showed that one in every three researchers either has experienced or is currently experiencing some form of bullying. This is a cause that I deeply care about and I've been working on a new initiative related to this for quite some time. Before I share this initiative with you (and I soon will), I want to hear your views on this topic.
My question to you - Have you ever witnessed and/or experienced bullying in academia? What did it look like?
I understand that this isn't an easy topic to talk about. So please share only what you're comfortable talking about. You don't need to specify names of people or institutions, etc. Also, if you're not comfortable talking about this on the discussion thread, please feel free to reach out to me via direct message.