Military, University Leaders Discuss Sexual Assault, Harassment at America’s Academies

More than 230 military, college and university senior leaders attended a National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies, held virtually on Sept. 7 and 8.

Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent, delivers opening remarks during the virtual National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment with America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., Sept. 7, 2021. The multiday, collaborative event enabled more than 230 senior leaders from the Department of Defense and civilian academic institutions to develop partnerships and to share evidence-based best practices to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment at colleges, universities and service academies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent, delivers opening remarks during the virtual National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment with America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., Sept. 7, 2021. The multiday, collaborative event enabled more than 230 senior leaders from the Department of Defense and civilian academic institutions to develop partnerships and to share evidence-based best practices to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment at colleges, universities and service academies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, U.S. Air Force Academy’s senior officer, co-hosted the third annual discussion alongside Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall.

“This isn’t a new problem and while we have made progress, we are still learning,” Kendall said. “It is a wicked problem for leaders everywhere, but especially for college administrators. Addressing it correctly is fundamental to cultivating healthy climates both in the work environment and on campuses.”

Clark emphasized the need for teamwork among campuses and military bases, saying, “It’s going to take a collaborative and joint effort to pull different solutions together that each of us can use for our specific situation,” Clark said. “With those solutions in mind, we can shift our cultures and move toward eradicating this problem from our campuses, military bases and our country.”