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Programs & Events

Sexual assault prevention education at USI is a campus-wide effort. Below are descriptions of our on-going efforts to educate the campus community about these topics:

Think About It

As a part of new students’ orientation to USI, incoming freshman take an interactive online training called “Think about It.” The training covers a variety of topics including consent, healthy relationships, sexual assault, domestic violence, bystander intervention, and alcohol.

On-going awareness campaigns/programs

The USI Sexual Assault and Gender Violence Prevention Group, comprised of faculty, staff, students, and local community partners, takes the lead in developing and implementing ongoing awareness campaigns to address various forms of gender violence. All are welcome to participate in these events. These include:

  1. Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)
    • Flowers on the Lake. October 13, 2016, 5 p.m. Meet in front of Liberal Arts building. 
    • Silent Witness Project

  2. Stalking Awareness Month (January)

  3. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)
    • Walk a Mile in her Shoes – The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. April 11 2017, 5 p.m. in Carter Hall. 

Bystander Intervention Training

USI offers Step Up! Be a Leader, Make a Difference, a nationally recognized bystander intervention training program developed at the University of Arizona. The training is designed to help students understand the bystander effect, the reasons why people sometimes don’t intervene, and how to overcome barriers and increase the likelihood of intervening. To request a training, please contact Student Wellness Programs in the RFW (

Self Defense Classes

The Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center offers self-defense classes a few times a semester to teach personal safety skills and techniques. To see upcoming classes, visit the Student Wellness Events Calendar (link to: /rfw/wellness/event-calendar).

The Hunting Ground

The Hunting Ground (2015) is a documentary on sexual assault on college campuses. The Dean of Students Office owns the DVD and it is available for check out by students, faculty, and staff for use by classes, student organizations, or campus departments.

To request the DVD, you can email the Dean of Students Office at . Please let us know who you are, who will be viewing the DVD, and the dates it will be needed.

The Vagina Monologues

V-Day is a global movement to raise funds and awareness about issues of violence against girls and women. Ensler’s critically acclaimed Vagina Monologues is performed annually at USI. The stories are told from the perspectives of girls and women sharing the humor, strife, pain, pleasure and wisdom of being a woman. The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the USI Philosophy Club, USI Gender Studies, and the USI Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Club.

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is part of an international effort to educate people about the personal impact of sexual violence. Shirts are created by survivors and are displayed in the University Center during sexual assault awareness month. The project gives survivors a voice through artistic expression, and is sponsored by the Psychology Department.

Healthy Relationship Screenings

The USI Counseling Center offers health screenings throughout the year, including a screening tool to assess healthy relationships. Contact the Counseling Center for more information. 

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