Harvard University’s Office for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Adrienne Hall Women’s Mentorship Intern
Rory Gerberg is applying her thesis research to develop new programs with Harvard University’s Office for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR). The issue of sexual misconduct on American university campuses has been in the forefront of national news but there is a lack of effective strategies to address it. Rory is working with OSAPR and professor Brian Mandell, who directs the Kennedy School Negotiation Project, to examine how negotiations analysis and pedagogy can be fused with the field of sexual assault prevention. The application of fundamental concepts and tools in negotiation analysis is promising and untested in the field, making Rory's work both novel in its approach and potential for impact. Rory is developing case studies around sexual assault and harassment to be deployed as a pedagogical tool by OSAPR at Harvard and in institutions of higher education across the country. Her work will contribute more broadly to tackling issues of implicit bias in institutions through innovative solutions.