Anti-Harassment Program for NIH Staff (November 28, 2018)

The NIH Office of the Director will host a town hall on the new Anti-Harassment Program on Friday, December 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Building 10 on the NIH Main Campus.

Moderated by: Debra Chew, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Francis Collins, NIH Director
  • Lawrence Tabak, NIH Principal Deputy Director
  • Kelly Ten Hagen, NIH Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) Representative
  • Julie Berko, Director of the NIH Office of Human Resources
  • Hannah Valantine, NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
  • Carrie Wolinetz, NIH Acting Chief of Staff & Associate Director for Science Policy

A question and answer session will take place following the presentations.

This town hall is open to all to all NIH employees, contractors, fellows, and trainees.


September marked the launch of NIH’s Anti-Harassment Program for NIH staff which includes two new policies that apply to all NIH employees, contractors, fellows, trainees, and visitors at NIH facilities:

In addition to the new policies, NIH has taken the following steps to strengthen its anti-harassment program and tools:

  • All inquiries into allegations of harassment are now centrally managed through the Office of Human Resources Civil Program who will work with NIH Institutes and Centers to determine the most appropriate resolution to an allegation.
  • The Civil Program has a new web form and hotline [833-224-3829] to make it easier to report allegations of harassment.
  • Information and tools on reporting allegations and the process Civil uses to make inquiries into allegations are available on the Civil Program website.
  • NIH staff will be asked to participate in a survey on workplace climate and harassment in early 2019. This survey will provide NIH with information to address harassment, including sexual harassment, at NIH, and explore the relationship between harassment and its impact on science.

Town Hall Details:

Friday, December 7, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Masur Auditorium

Building 10

NIH Main Campus


The town hall will be available and archived on Videocast:

Videocast viewers will be able to submit their questions for the QA session via a provided webform on the videocast page.

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Amanda Fine (, 301-496-7246)and/or the Federal Relay (1.800.877.8339).