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CARE to Stop Violence Workshops - Available to students, faculty and staff by request.
Step UP! is an interactive workshop on bystander intervention facilitated by our amazing team of University Health Center Peer Educators. The college environment yields many opportunities for both intentionally and unintentionally dangerous, problematic or violent behavior. During this workshop, participants learn to evaluate challenging situations and determine how to safely intervene using one of the 3D’s (Direct, Distract and Delegate). Step UP! empowers audience members with the awareness skills and tools to help prevent harmful situations from occurring or escalating on our campus. This workshop is approximately 50 minutes and requires full A/V technology for an interactive PowerPoint learning experience.
The C Word is Consent
This workshop uses discussion and exploration to deconstruct common rape myths and define consent, coercion and victim-blaming. Interactive activities are used to help participants engage in the difficult conversations that surround sexual assault within the context of a campus community. Audience members will identify campus resources and learn how to help friends that have been impacted by sexual violence. This workshop is recommended for all audiences and is ideal for smaller class sizes and groups (<35 participants). This workshop is approximately 50 minutes and no technology is required.
Don’t Turn Red Flags Pink
Audience members of this interactive workshop learn to define relationship violence, identify elements of power and control, and understand the cycle of violence. Participants are challenged to evaluate the evolution of unhealthy relationships and discuss how to support friends who have been impacted by relationship violence. This workshop includes the reading of a narrative written by a University of Maryland student who has experienced relationship violence. Recommended for all audiences. This workshop is approximately 50 minutes and requires full A/V technology for this interactive PowerPoint.
An overview of the CARE to Stop Violence Office and the Advocacy, Education and Outreach services we offer to all students, faculty and staff. Participants will learn about the primary roles of each department within the CARE Office and how to best refer UMD community members to our office depending on their needs or areas of interest. Important topics discussed are: what to expect from the free and confidential advocacy and therapy services, understanding and identifying violence, how to handle a disclosure and referral options. This presentation is approximately 30 minutes and requires full A/V technology for this interactive PowerPoint.
The Neurobiology of Trauma & Healing
This interactive workshop will allow participants to have a better understanding of the neurobiological responses to trauma. Trauma does not have to be limited to power-based violence, but that will be the context focused on during this workshop. Participants will leave being able to understand how trauma can impact memory, common reactions to trauma, how to handle a disclosure, the impact your reaction has on a survivor’s healing journey, and healing strategies and resources. This workshop is recommended for all audiences. This workshop is approximately 60 minutes and A/V is required.
This interactive workshop will have participants reflect on what are the goals and boundaries of their ideal relationships. Participants will be able to recognize signs of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships, gain skills for setting boundaries and communicating needs, and learn where to find resources.This workshop can be adaptable to the needs of the group, and is ideal for smaller class sizes and groups (<35 participants). This workshop is approximately 60 minutes and A/V is required.
Men & Masculinity Workshop
Men and Masculinity is a dialogue based workshop in which participants can discuss the impact of societal and cultural factors that influence our limited views of masculinities. Through guided discussion, participants will be able to identify aspects of dominant stories of masculinity and create tangible takeaways to display counter stories. This workshop is ideal for small class sizes and groups (<35 participants). This workshop is approximately 90 minutes and A/V is required.
CARE to Stop Violence Workshops for Specific Groups on Campus
In partnership with the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life, CARE provides annual workshops for Greek-affiliated organizations during the Spring semester.
Through a partnership with University Athletics, CARE to Stop Violence provides training for first-year uTERP students and student-athletes arriving during the summer.
Resident Advisor (RA) Training
Through a partnership with the Department of Resident Life, CARE provides training for RAs and covers topics such as CARE basics and how to get in touch with CARE, the role of RAs in responding to disclosures of violence, and the role of RA leadership in bystander intervention.
Annual CARE to Stop Violence Events
The Clothesline Project is a visual representation of the impacts of sexual and relationship violence on the campus community. This event provides passersby with an opportunity to confront the issue of power-based violence, and create and display their own messages to the community during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).
Purple Light Nights
Purple Light Nights are events held to honor victims and survivors of relationship violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). Students, faculty and staff are invited to join CARE to Stop Violence Outreach Peers to learn about relationship violence and its impact on students, what you can do to help someone who has been impacted, and what resources exist on and off campus.
Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night is an annual event hosted by CARE's Peer Advocates during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April). While the theme changes each year, the event consists of a speaker, engaging activities aimed at awareness and prevention, giveaways, a speak-out and more!
Undergraduate Student Sexual Misconduct Training
Required online training for all new/incoming students (including first-year, transfer and other student groups) covering their rights, responsibilities and resources under our sexual misconduct policy.
Responding Effectively to Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct
Required online training for faculty, supervisory staff, non-supervisory staff and graduate students, with customized versions for each group, covering their rights, responsibilities and resources under our sexual misconduct and non-discrimination policies. Includes in-person version for non-computer-based staff members.
In-Person Presentations and Trainings (by request)
Including OCRSM Overviews, RUE Obligations, New Employee Orientation, Grad Student/TA Orientations, Education Abroad Faculty Orientations, Shady Grove Faculty Orientation, and various custom presentations for other faculty, staff and student groups.
Presentations, workshops, and events presented throughout the year in collaboration with other campus offices and community partners, including Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) and Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR). Events have included presentations exploring the connections between rape and racism; workshops describing the varied impacts of sexual assault on diverse communities (e.g., LGBTQ, international and undocumented students), and how faculty and staff can better support students from these communities who experience sexual violence; an office open-house reception with Q&A; a “Walk A Mile” awareness-raising march around McKeldin Mall; and tabling/information-sharing at campus-wide events.
Ten Woman Plan and Ten Man Plan
This program is a nine-week facilitated group dialogue that offers 10-12 members within a single chapter the opportunity to explore how to engage in bystander intervention, how to support victim/survivors of sexual violence, and deep-rooted beliefs and attitudes that make sexual violence such a commonplace part of society in general and Greek life in particular. Each meeting is approximately 60 minutes long. Each semester has approximately 12-20 chapters participating. A pre- and post-test which entails validated scales are used to evaluate this program each semester. The curriculum varies; some weeks require full A/V technology, while other weeks are discussion-based.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Prevention Chapter Expectation
Since 2015, the department made the move to require all chapters to complete a Sexual Violence Prevention & Awareness program to meet chapter expectations. Students may develop their own program, collaborate with another student organization, bring an outside speaker, or utilize the peer education program in CARE to Stop Violence (a part of the University Health Center). Groups may also use the TMP/TWP to fulfill this requirement if the Plan members engage the broader chapter in a conversation or presentation. In order to complete this expectation, chapters must meet at least one of the learning outcomes mentioned in the right column.
Each semester, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council (PHA), in collaboration with DFSL and CARE, require chapters participating in Homecoming or Spring Fest to have a workshop on sexual violence prevention. Prior to engaging in week-long events including multiple socials, the goal of these workshops is to reinforce knowledge and skills that enable our chapters to socialize together safely. The main topics covered include consent, bystander intervention, alcohol and hook-up culture. This program is typically 60 minutes long and requires full A/V technology to showcase the Powerpoint.
Chapter Liaison Training Program
This mandatory program is designed to ensure that at least one member per chapter is very cognizant of campus resources. The training is conducted each semester and is approximately 120 minutes long. Throughout the two hours, liaisons learn more about campus resources and how to define sexual assault, gain a better understanding of where to report sexual misconduct, develop a general understanding of power-based violence and briefly discuss how to deal with disclosures. This program requires full A/V technology to showcase the Powerpoint.
Sexual Violence Prevention Internship
Each semester, DFSL selects two or three undergraduates to become Sexual Violence Prevention interns, who then support and expand our sexual violence prevention programming efforts. The interns are tasked with providing administrative support, attending weekly reading seminars, facilitating existing programs, and designing a new sexual violence prevention program or document. This three-credit internship is designed for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credits. Previous programs designed by former interns include Chapter Liaison Training, Healthy Relationships and Tearing Down Gender Roles.
This peer-led program is an interactive, dialogue-based event focused on building healthy relationships. Specifically, this program focuses on how to improve communication skills within any type of romantic or sexual relationship, power dynamics within intimate settings, recognizing unhealthy relationships, and developing skills needed to create respectful and safe environments within relationships. This program is approximately 90 minutes. This program requires full A/V technology to showcase the Powerpoint.
Tearing Down Gender Roles
This peer-led program is an interactive discussion designed to focus on unpacking gender roles and gaining a better understanding of sexual/verbal coercion and sexual harassment. This program is approximately 90 minutes and requires full A/V technology to showcase the Powerpoint.
Every fall in September at ICA All-Staff meeting, the Title IX Officer conducts a presentation about the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy and reporting obligations of ICA coaches and staff.
Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training
CARE staff conducts annual sexual misconduct and violence prevention workshops with each athletic team.
CARE Staff conducts Step Up! Training with first-year student-athletes
There are many student groups at the University of Maryland that are dedicated to preventing power-based violence on and off campus. Student groups are often organizing campus events and learning opportunities. Becoming involved in a student group can allow students the opportunity to further shape the conversation of prevention on UMD’s campus. Look for organizations that have a mission, events and volunteer opportunities related to sexual assault, relationship violence, gender equity and/or power-based violence.
The University of Maryland offers an array of academic courses related to sexual assault prevention. Departments that often offer related coursework include the Department of Women’s Studies, the Department of Psychology and the Department of Family Science. Many other departments may have opportunities for students to learn about sexual assault prevention in academic settings.
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