Berggruen Institute Workshop Guidelines and Anti-Harassment Policy

Berggruen Institute is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive experience for everyone regardless of sex, gender, gender identity and expression, age, race, color, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, national origin, religion, religious creed, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran status or membership in other protected groups. The Institute does not tolerate harassment of event participants of any kind.  This policy extends to talks, forums, workshops, codelabs, social media, parties, hallway conversations, and all attendees, partners, fellows, volunteers, event staff, etc. Berggruen reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any person from any Berggruen event (including future Berggruen events) at any time if we believe someone has engaged in conduct that violates this policy.


Why this policy is important

Creating guidelines on harassment aims to improve the working experience of everyone by making it clear that harassment of anyone for any reason is not acceptable at the Institute. This policy may prevent harassment by clearly defining expectations for behavior.

All participants of Berggruen workshops or events must abide by the following policy:

1. Be respectful. We want everyone to have a great learning and engaging experience regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity (nerve function or behavior traits), physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. Treat everyone with respect. Everyone has the right to enjoy the event, meeting, or workshop without fear of harassment, discrimination, or condescension, whether blatant or via micro-aggressions. Jokes should not demean others. Think before you speak.

2. Say something if you see or hear something. Each person is empowered to politely engage when you or others are disrespected. Keep in mind the person who is making you feel uncomfortable may not be aware they are making you feel that way. Please contact someone on the Berggruen staff if you feel you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable. Do not hesitate to contact someone if you notice someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns.

3. Harassment is not tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: verbal language that reinforces social structures of domination related to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category; sexual imagery; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; offensive verbal language; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Reporting Procedures

If you suspect harassment has occurred, or witnessed or heard about a potential violation to these guidelines, please report the details of the incident to anyone on the Berggruen staff. Information needed about the incident should include individuals involved and names of any witnesses. When the Institute learns about a potential violation of its policies, the Institute will investigate in a timely manner. If a violation of policy or law is found as a result of that investigation, the Institute will take appropriate action.