Bystander Initiative | Workshop Leader FAQs
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Workshop Leader FAQs

Workshop Leader FAQs
HOW DO I BECOME A WORKSHOP LEADER?

You must complete Practical Strategies for Social Change (350/351), then enroll in Practicum in Social Change (450/451).  The Practicum course will match you with a partner and train you to facilitate workshops.

 

Visit Take a Course to find out more about these courses and how to apply.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF TRAINING!

We really believe in running high quality programming.  We want everyone to be prepared and confident.  If you want to get involved, but don’t have time to become a workshop facilitator, consider joining the BI Special Projects Group.

I'VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. WHAT IF I'M TOO SHY?

We teach you the skills you need.  You will have lots of time to practice facilitation with your partner in front of others, and you will learn a lot by giving and receiving constructive critiques from classmates, teaching assistants, and your course instructor.

I'M A SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR. IS WORKSHOP FACILITATION FOR ME?

Everyone is on their own path of learning and healing.  We welcome all students.  You will have the support to determine if this is the right kind of work for you at this time.  Past facilitators include both survivors and supporters who have not experienced sexual violence first-hand.

I'M A GUY. I WANT TO HELP BUT I'M KIND OF NERVOUS THAT I'LL SAY THE WRONG THING AND OFFEND PEOPLE IN CLASS.

We encourage you to try it out anyway.  We’re all coming at this work from somewhere unique.  A lot of us fear saying or doing something that hurts others.  In the BI courses, we work hard to build a space for learning and personal growth where we actually trust each other enough to take some risks.  We will not get there on day one, but being a part of the Bystander Initiative has been a great experience for lots of men on campus.