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My #MeToo at Brooklyn College

Dr. Gail Horowitz hopes that one day there will be a #MeToo movement for people like her. PHOTO/ Wikimedia Commons

By Dr. Gail Horowitz

Published: November 7th, 2018

This is Professor Gail Horowitz, formerly of the Chemistry Department of Brooklyn College. 

I was a cced (tenured) faculty member at Brooklyn College and taught in the Chemistry department from Spring 2010 to Spring 2018. 

While at Brooklyn College, I experienced years of abusive treatment. During 2017, a number of horribly cruel and abusive actions were inflicted on me and these were the final straw. I concluded that I could no longer remain in my department. At that point, I requested that the college relocate me to another department where I could continue to serve the college and the students, both of whom I loved dearly. Unfortunately, my requests were denied. Therefore, after my sabbatical (from fall 2017 – spring 2018) ended, I resigned my position at Brooklyn College, effective September 4, 2018.

Although I am no longer at BC, I am still recovering and often still feel traumatized by what was done to me.

But I write because I have learned the hard way that people who need to abuse their power often do so in ways that are NOT sexual, and that often it is very difficult to get them to stop. For example, bullying in the workplace is NOT illegal. I hope one day there were be a #MeToo movement for people like me.


Dr. Gail Horowitz

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