It's on Us to Speak Out and Speak Up: Bystander Intervention Interactive Session

The bystander training is an interactive training designed to equip participants with the necessary connection, knowledge and skill to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. Throughout the training - video, role-plays, and other exercises are utilized to maximize the level of engagement of participants and help them apply the concepts in the curriculum to their own lives and practice the skills they need to be proactive bystanders.  This interactive session will give students, faculty and staff the tools to STEP UP and SPEAK OUT by using once of the active 4-D bystander model: Direct, Delegate, Distract or Delay.

  • Direct – the model where the bystander steps in, directly, to intervene.
  • Delegate – find others who can help you to intervene in the situation.
  • Distract – distract either person in the situation to intervene.
  • Delay – For many reasons, you may not be able to do something right in the moment. For example, if you're feeling unsafe or if you're unsure whether or not someone in the situation is feeling unsafe, you may just want to check in with the person. In this case, you can combine a distraction technique by asking the person to use the bathroom with you or go get a drink with you to separate them from the person that they are talking with. Then, this might look like asking them, "Are you okay?" or "How can I help you get out of this situation?" This could also look like texting the person, either in the situation or after you see them leave and asking, "Are you okay?" or "Do you need help?"