You don’t have to look far in the realm of higher education to hear the catch phrase “bystander intervention.” This popular term is coming to mean a number of different things to a diverse group of professionals. This online seminar will review the basic tenants of bystander intervention while offering specific and practical advice to assist institutions in moving forward to reduce problematic behavior on campus and within the community.
At its widest possible definition, bystander intervention involves engaging community members in the reduction of a specific behavior that causes harm to a member of the community. This approach has been applied to:
- Reducing sexual assault violence against women
- Addressing bullying behavior
- Encouraging discussion on racist, bigoted and hate-filled language
- Speaking to alcohol and drug excess within the community
- Confronting sexists or anti-GLBT language and action
- Tackling the issues of hazing on campus
This program will review the basic concepts of bystander intervention while highlighting several successful programs dedicated to using violence prevention concepts to address problematic behavior on campus. Practical case examples and advice will be shared so that you can apply these techniques on your campus. Further research and resources will be described.