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November 12, 2020

Safe Zone Advanced Workshop: Bystander Intervention

Submitted by Debra Bolton

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The Safe Zone program, in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, invites anyone who has completed a Safe Zone Introductory Workshop to take the Safe Zone Advanced Workshop: Bystander Intervention, hosted by the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education, or CARE, from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, via Zoom.

Wildcats Make a Pact is CARE's bystander intervention training that teaches participants how to safely intervene if they see behavior that could put others at risk for violence, victimization, or perpetration. Participants will learn the role of the bystander and the responsibility we all have in making campus safer, more equitable and accessible. Through dialogue and case studies, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the various intervention techniques one can employ while ensuring their safety. This is CARE's most popular campus training, with hundreds of incoming fraternity men taking the bystander pledge each year.

Register online for the Nov. 16 Advanced Safe Zone Workshop with CARE.

Safe Zone continues to be part of Kansas State University's efforts to create an open and affirming campus since the 1970s. Safe Zone was created to help those facing sexual orientation discrimination. Revitalization of the initiative in 2002 created a more comprehensive and ever-evolving Safe Zone effort to fit the needs of current K-State community members. Allies become educated to help those coming from a variety of backgrounds and identities with needs concerning exclusionary acts like intimidation, micro and macro aggressions, discrimination, LGBTQ-related concerns, or sexual violence.

For more information, contact Debra Bolton, director of intercultural learning and academic success, at dbolton@k-state.edu; or Brandon Haddock, student services coordinator, intercultural learning/LGBT Resources Center, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at bhaddock@k-state.edu.