Gender-Based Violence Awareness & Bystander Intervention Program

A partnership between Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Service (SVPRS), the Student Experience Office (SEO), and the Bystander Intervention program

For Students Only

The GBV Awareness and Bystander Intervention Certificate Program offers students a collection of workshops to choose from and build their awareness and skills in relation to GBV prevention and Bystander Intervention. Completing the certificate program will build a student’s awareness in:

  • Anti-Oppression and Gender Based Violence
  • Consent Culture
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Bystander Intervention

There are four standing workshops offered throughout the year by the program.

Certificate Requirements

To be eligible for a certificate, students must complete the following:

View Our Offerings and Register for a Workshop

We have four types of workshops which we offer throughout the fall and winter semesters, as well as per request from campus services and groups. You don't have to be intending to complete the certificate to participate in a workshop. Click on the tabs to learn more about each workshop and to register for an open session.

Using an intersectional, community-based approach, Bystander Intervention Training Sessions give students, faculty, and staff the tools needed to recognize and respond to sexual violence. Facilitated by the Division of Student Affairs, the programming is administered by a trained team of undergraduate and graduate student leaders.

Learning Outcomes:

  1.  Articulate the definitions of sexual assault and consent.
  2.  Identify myths and facts about sexual assault.
  3.  Understand the bystander effect and barriers to active intervention.
  4.  Safely intervene when witnessing unsafe or inappropriate behavior.

Winter Schedule Open Now

Register for a Bystander Intervention Workshop

What is a “consent culture”, and how can you contribute to creating more consensual and affirming spaces? In this peer-facilitated workshop, you’ll learn about how you can play a part in building a consent culture, the importance of recognizing positionality and power dynamics in relation to consent, and how you can apply what you learn to your personal and professional life. After attending this workshop you’ll be able to:

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify what a consent culture looks like.
  2. Build awareness of the social barriers to building consent cultures.
  3. Identify what sex positivity is and how it relates to consent culture.
  4. Increase your knowledge of resources available for support and further education.

Winter Schedule Open Now

Register for Building a Consent Culture

Ever wanted to learn more about building healthy relationships and how to support someone who might be in an unhealthy relationship? In this peer-facilitated workshop we’ll discuss what healthy relationships look like and what are some social barriers that impact how we view healthy relationships. We’ll cover how we can build healthy romantic, sexual, platonic, and professional relationships and how to recognize if a relationship might be unhealthy. We’ll also cover how we can support a friend who might be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship and where we can go for resources and support. After attending this workshop you’ll be able to:

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify what a healthy relationship looks like.
  2. Describe signs of an unhealthy relationship.
  3. Identify how to support a friend in an unhealthy relationship.
  4. Increase your knowledge of resources available for support and further education.

Winter Schedule Open Now

Register for Healthy Relationships

In this workshop, learn how to respond empathetically to disclosures of sexual violence. We’ll cover how to build approachability, receiving a disclosure, resources, and caring for yourself. 
*Note: This workshop is facilitated by a student facilitator and Rebecca Rappeport, who is the SVPR Community Outreach and Student Support Worker.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize the importance of being approachable and open to receiving a disclosure from those who have experienced sexual violence.
  2. Respond to a disclosure with an emphasis on listening, believing, and support.
  3. Identify resources available on campus for those who have been impacted by sexual violence.

Winter Schedule Open Now

Register for Responding to Disclosures

Want to request a workshop?

We accept requests from groups looking to provide an individual workshop for their members. We can work with you to ensure the workshop meets the needs of your group.

Request a workshop for your group

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