Bystander Intervention is a strategy for the prevention of various types of violence, including bullying, sexual harassment and assault, and intimate partner violence. It is based on the fact that people make decisions and continue behaviors based on the reactions they get from others. Grouped together we increasingly call these behaviors "gender-based violence."
Colgate's active bystander intervention program is based on a model from Duke University called PACT: prevent, act, challenge, and teach. In the past year, a Colgate working group of 144 students, faculty, and staff have contributed to the current model. More than 140 students are now trained, and there are 14 trained student leaders. For more information, contact bystander intervention intern Rosie Tootell at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to roll out a schedule of training dates for bystander intervention for the fall of 2014.
- We have already conducted training for student leaders such as community leaders in residential life and the "link staff" for new student programs.
- On September 15 we will be bringing all first year students into the bystander intervention experience.
- We hope to continue offering bystander intervention training to other groups of key stakeholders by developing a calendar of trainings! Until then, trainings may be requested by emailing email@example.com
Student facilitators are currently being recruited to take on leadership positions within the program and lead work groups that can help sustain and steer the development of Colgate's program. Members of the community are invited to stay informed and contribute by joining a work group, or by attending our monthly stakeholder meetings, held on the last Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. in the ALANA Cultural Center multipurpose room.