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Sexual Climate Initiatives

Colgate is committed to improving the sexual climate on campus, providing numerous programs to  promote healthy sexuality.
Colgate has held Yes Means Yes sessions for the past five years.

Sexual Climate Advisory Committee

The Sexual Climate Advisory Committee, composed of faculty, staff and students, is charged with developing and evaluating initiatives at the individual, environmental, and system level that contribute to a climate of sexual respect. Scott Brown, dean of students, leads monthly meetings.

The SCAC works across various departments and student groups to continuously improve our community culture. An Environmental Map of Sexual Climate Initiatives on campus places each individual effort in context with the grander goal of achieving a healthy Colgate experience.

Students are encouraged to contact Dean Brown ( and become engaged members of the committee.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a strategy for the of preventing various types of violence, including bullying, sexual harassment and assault, and intimate partner violence. Grouped together, we increasingly call these behaviors "gender-based violence."

Bystander Intervention is based on the understanding that people make decisions and continue behaviors based on the reactions they get from others. Colgate's program is based on a model from Duke University called PACT:
  • Prevent
  • Act
  • Challenge
  • Teach
Key Facts
  • 144 students, faculty, and staff have contributed to our current model.
  • Hundreds of students are now trained. 
  • 14 trained student leaders, including students in key positions such as community leaders with residential life, Link staff with new student programs, and many campus fraternities.
  • On September 15, a training was held for all first-year students. In addition, students serving as community leaders and Link staff mentors for first-years have been trained.

Training Sessions

We will be holding a new facilitator training on November 15, 2014. Apply now to be a facilitator!

We are also offering multiple monthly trainings during the fall '14 semester.

Location: 304 Lawrence Hall
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Dates: October 5, October 9, October 19, October 28, November 2, November 11, November 16, December 2, and December 7

All trainings are free and open for faculty, staff, and students. Sign up by emailing

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Student-led Team: The Network

The Network is a sexual assault and domestic violence awareness group organized by the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education. The group hosts weekly meetings that discuss upcoming events and current issues, and organizes annual events like Take Back The Night and Speak Out. The Network partners with Victims of Violence for Madison County where students are trained to answer a sexual assault and domestic abuse hotline.

For more information contact Dannie Putur at

Sexual Assault Resources

Colgate maintains extensive resources regarding gender-based violence and sexual assault. Please see the Sexual Violence Support, Resources, and Education page.

Yes Means Yes

Yes Means Yes is a six-week positive sexuality seminar led by student, faculty, and staff facilitators. Created by a student in 2009, Yes Means Yes gives students the unique opportunity to gather with people from across campus to engage in honest discussion.

The seminar, which was recently highlighted by, covers topics of positive sexuality in an attempt to destigmatize and encourage conversation about sex, pleasure, a healthy sexual climate on campus, combating sexual violence, the way different identities interact with sex and sexuality, and more.

For more information, contact Yes Means Yes intern Emily Hawkins at

This is Not a Play About Sex

Play About Sex
A play by Christina Liu ’13 includes frank discussion about sexuality, and has been performed on campus over the years. LEARN MORE

For More Information

For more information about the Sexual Climate Advisory Committee or to get involved in any of the groups or programs please contact Thad Mantaro, director of the Shaw Wellness Institute, at