Bystander Network Workshop

Register for your Bystander Network Workshop

All workshops will take place via Zoom for the Fall 2020 semester.

This one-hour workhshop is required for all undergraduate students in their 2nd year at MSU.

The Bystander Network workshop discusses ways that we can challenge, interrupt and prevent gender-based violence by being active bystanders. This workshop will discuss what bystander intervention is, specific skills and behaviors to use, and practice with scenarios.

Students will receive an email with instructions about how to register for these workshops.

What to expect at your Bystander Network Workshop

All second-year undergraduate students are required to attend a one-hour workshop that will be facilitated by undergraduate peer educators. The workshop will explore the ways that all students can be active bystanders and delve deeper into what bystander intervention entails. Ways to support survivors and hold each other accountable will also be explored in depth during this workshop. Workshop participants will engage in poll questions and view brief clips that outline different scenarios and topic matters relating to bystander intervention.

The goals of the Bystander Network Program include:

  • Creating a deeper understanding of the issue of sexual violence and how it impacts campus culture and climate
  • Educating MSU students about the programs and resources available on campus and in East Lansing
  • Empowering MSU students to become active in their daily lives in the prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence by providing applicable strategies of intervention
  • Educating all students to understand that they each share a responsibility in the prevention of sexual violence and the creation of a safe community

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'm having trouble accessing my online workshop.
    If you are having trouble accessing your workshop, it's possible the link has changed. You should have been sent a new link. Please check your spam/junk folders and look for the most recent email about your workshop. If you still can't find it please contact us at empower@msu.edu and we will get back to you the following day. 
  • I am a survivor and I'm worried about going to this workshop.

    Our workshops are created with a survivor focus and are intentionally made to be sensitive to the topics of sexual and relationship violence. We have had survivor input during the creation of the workshops that help to make them trauma-informed and to present the content in the least upsetting, or triggering, way to folks who have experienced trauma. Our workshops create a space that allows the attendees to feel comfortable and safe, which also includes the option to step out or leave at any time they feel the information is too much. Our peer educators presenting the workshops are also trained to handle difficult situations and check in with those who need to step out and debrief.

    Your safety and well-being is our priority. If you are concerned that the workshop might be a difficult experience, you may request accommodations by contacting the Training and Accommodation Specialist at empower@msu.edu or (517) 355-3865.

  • Can I request accommodations?
    Yes. For reasonable accommodation requests, please contact the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) at (517) 884-7273 .
  • Is this required?
    The Bystander Network workshop is required for all students at MSU for their second year.
  • How do I make sure my attendance is recorded?
    Attendance is tracked through Zoom attendance reports from your workshop and by completing a post-workshop survey that includes your MSU email. This survey link is given in your workshop.
  • How can I reschedule my workshop for a different time?
    You can register for another workshop by following the instructions in your email to cancel your registration and select a new workshop date and time.
  • I missed my workshop, what should I do?
    Follow the instructions in your email to register again. If workshops have concluded for the fall semester, you must register for a workshop in the spring semester.
  • Why do I keep getting email notifications about this workshop?
    All second-year students are on the mailing list to receive notifications about the Bystander Network Workshop. You will continue to receive these notifications until after you have attended a workshop and your attendance has been recorded. Sometimes this can take several days.
  • I'm a commuter/adult/non-traditional student. Do I still have to attend?
    This workshop is required for all second-year student, but if you feel like you have exceptional circumstances, please contact our department at empower@msu.edu
  • Classes are cancelled due to weather, do I still have to attend my workshop?
    If the university cancels classes due to weather, workshops will also be cancelled. However, you will still need to attend a workshop. You can follow the instructions in your registration email to sign up for a new workshop.
  • I've had gender-based violence prevention training before. Can I have this requirement waived?

    While we greatly value the education and experience students have had with gender-based violence prevention, this workshop will give all MSU students a consistent knowledge base about prevention, bystander intervention, and resources of where to get help at MSU.

  • How can I become a Peer Educator?
    Prevention, Outreach and Education (POE) hires new peer educators every spring semester to begin work for the following fall semester. Check this website for an online application during the spring, or email the Peer Educator Coordinator, Damaris Crocker De Ruiter at POE.damariscrockerderuiter@msu.edu
  • I still have questions.

    Please contact our department at empower@msu.edu.