Student Affairs

Bystander Intervention for Hate/Bias Incidents

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Heather Cowan, M.A.
Price: $50.00

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We all know bystander intervention is an amazing tool for the prevention of sexual and gendered violence. We are also aware of the increase in hate/bias incidents based on race, national origin and religion across the country. What can we do on our campuses to stand up to hate/bias incidents when we see them?  How can we assist our students to intervene safely in these incidents as well as support those who are the victims of them? This one-hour webinar will introduce some of the research around bystanders’ action and inaction and the methods shown to assist bystanders to intervene safely when they see something. We will also cover microaggressions and steps that can be taken to address them. You can take these skills to your students and create your own training for your campus so your community can stand up for social justice!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to list the possible interventions one can do as a bystander
  2. Participants will be able to recognize hate/bias incidents
  3. Participants will learn bystander intervention strategies that can be used with specific hate/bias incident examples
  4. Participants will be able to use this webinar as a starting point to train their campus communities

Presenter biography:

Heather Cowan, M.A., has over 15 years of professional experience working with diverse student populations in sexual health, student conduct and civil rights investigations.  She is currently the Title IX Coordinator at the University of New Mexico.  Previously, she was the Sexual Misconduct Program Manager in the Office of Student Conflict Resolution at the University of Michigan and an Investigator with UM’s Office for Institutional Equity. 

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