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Creating a Proactive Community

This workshop was designed to educate and prepare students for bystander intervention in bias incidents, involving race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, disability, or any other marginalized identity. This training was adapted from the University of New Hampshire “Bringing in the Bystander” program to address bias incidents at Wentworth. The goal of this workshop is to prepare students to actively intervene and to feel confident in their intervention. The workshop is 90-minutes and all attendees will receive a free WIThero wristband.

If you are interested in requesting a Creating a Proactive Community workshop for your student group, academic department, athletic team, class or otherwise, please email AJ Andreucci at andreuccia@wit.edu.

Standing Against Sexual Violence

Sexual assault is a serious issue at every institution of higher education. Bystander intervention education is recommended by Title IX and the American College Health Association as an effective form of primary prevention. “Standing Against Sexual Violence” was designed using materials from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to acknowledge and respond directly to the concerns, anxieties, and hopes of Wentworth students regarding sexual assault prevention. The goal of this workshop is to prepare students to intervene in instances of sexist, homophobic, or rape-supportive incidents in order to create a more inclusive and supportive campus environment. It also prepares students to intervene in situations where sexual assault could potentially occur. This workshop is two hours and all attendees will receive a free WIThero t-shirt.

If you are interested in requesting a Standing Against Sexual Violence workshop for your student group, academic department, athletic team, class or otherwise, please email AJ Andreucci at andreuccia@wit.edu.

One Love: Escalation Workshop

What is One Love?

One Love is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 in memory of Yeardley Love, a senior at University of Virginia who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend on May 3rd, 2010. After this tragic incident, Yeardley Love’s mother, Sharon Love, founded One Love to help educate as many young people as possible about the warning signs of relationship abuse as well as to encourage others to be active bystanders when they witness signs of abuse, including highlighting the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors. One Love aims to educate, empower and activate young people in a movement for change in their communities surrounding relationship violence. To learn more about the One Love Foundation please visit their website.

Workshop

Escalation is a 1 ½ to 2 hour workshop facilitated by two presenters who have been trained by One Love staff members. The first portion of the training is the screening of a 40 minute film that depicts the trajectory of an abusive college relationship from beginning to end. Following the video, the facilitators will lead the participants in a discussion surrounding the warning signs depicted in the film as well as ways to intervene as bystanders if suspect our friends or loved ones might be in an abusive relationship. The workshop ends with discussion of how the Wentworth community can address the issue of intimate partner violence on our campus.

A note about the workshop: Though facilitators strive to ensure that Escalation is an overall empowering experience, by the nature of the subject matter some students have found the video and subsequent discussion to be heavy and/or triggering. Facilitators will have a list of campus resources to hand out at the start of the workshop and will make themselves available to support participants once the workshop concludes. However, we ask that all interested groups keep the possibly triggering content of Escalation in mind when considering bringing this workshop to their members.

If you are interested in requesting a One Love workshop for your student group, academic department, athletic team, class or otherwise, please email AJ Andreucci at andreuccia@wit.edu.

Wentworth Opening Week: General Bystander Intervention Education

Since 2014, all students who have attended Wentworth Opening Week have attended a session that reviews basic Bystander Intervention strategies on how to intervene in cases of bias-related incidents and sexual misconduct. Students are provided with information on who to contact for assistance as well as ways to intervene before an issue escalates. The session runs around 45 minutes and is built into their Orientation schedules.