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Sexual Climate Initiatives

Colgate is committed to improving the sexual climate on campus, providing numerous programs to  promote healthy sexuality.

The Student Government Association produced this video, encouraging Colgate students to take the pledge and join the White House Initiative, "It's On Us."

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. Under the oversight of the dean of students, Thad Mantaro, director of the Shaw Wellness Institute, coordinates the cross-functional team and leads committee activities.

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 effort in context with the grander goal of achieving a healthy Colgate experience.

Interested community members are encouraged to contact Thad Mantaro ( for more information.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a strategy to prevent various types of violence, including bullying, sexual harassment and assault, and intimate partner violence. Grouped together, we call these behaviors "gender-based violence." The Bystander Intervention training is a two-hour interactive program led by student facilitators. It includes videos, discussion of the definition of consent, facts about how Colgate can help student survivors of sexual assault and/or harassment, and a long section on how to identify dangerous situations and intervene safely and effectively. 

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
  • Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff have contributed to our current model.
  • Over 1100 students were trained during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Numerous trained student facilitators, including students in key positions such as Community Leaders within residential life, Link staff, and many campus fraternities and sororities lead trainings.
  • We intend to train all new students again this year in the first six weeks.
  • Community Leaders, Link staff mentors for first-years, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, all sorority women, and all Student Government members have been trained.
Training Sessions

We will offer multiple training sessions during the fall 2015 semester.

Location: Shaw Wellness Institute
Time: TBA
Dates: TBA

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

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 Madison Paulk 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, Leah Robinson at

Project HEAL

Project HEAL provides a space to learn and practice healing activities that help to develop a holistic experiential awareness for living. The group is devoted to helping heal survivors of childhood sexual abuse, unwanted touched, coerced or forced sex, sexual harassment, or sexual exploitation.

Emily Khazaee from Victims of Violence hosts HEALing sessions on designated Mondays.

Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Dates: Fall 2015

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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

This is Not a Play About Sex

'This is not a Play about Sex.' A theater performance directed by Christina Liu '13

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