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Committee on Assault Response and Educational Strategies


During the 2017 Spark Session, an esteemed WHA member tearfully reflected that silence was the only recourse for historians facing sexual harassment and discrimination in the 1970s. In the face of the ongoing failure of the nation’s educational institutions to solve the problem of workplace sexual misconduct, CARES is dedicated to providing WHA members with appropriate resources and support. It will ensure that members and conference attendees never have to suffer in silence again.

If you are a survivor of sexual harassment or sexual violence, a friend or family member of a survivor, or an ally seeking to advocate for change in the academy, please click through these pages. And, don’t hesitate to reach out to the members of CARES for more information and support.

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

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Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860 

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas. The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!