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Are you interested in learning more about preventing dating violence? Then you might be interested in becoming a peer facilitator for the Stepping Up program.
Stepping Up is a student-led violence prevention program that compliments and enhances ways in which students obtain support from their friends. The program provides education and support on dating violence, the qualities of healthy relationships, and services available to address unhealthy relationship dynamics. Students thus become empowered to better support their friends and make appropriate referrals, thereby intervening to reduce dating violence in people’s lives, and on their campuses.
Stepping Up began as a research project initiated by Dr. Gaye Warthe, Dr. Pat Kostouros, and Dr. Cathy Carter-Snell, who are continuing to support the program as it transitions into a regular program within the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University. They continually collect data for their research that supports the ongoing success of the program. The research demonstrates that the program has had a significant and positive impact on participants in many areas, such as their self-reported knowledge of community resources, how to intervene when experiencing or witnessing abuse, and how to develop healthy relationships.
Stepping Up recruits current MRU students to act as peer facilitators in the Fall semester, who meet regularly to learn about violence prevention and develop workshops that they deliver to their peers during a weekend workshop in the Winter semester. Peer Facilitators are supported in their learning by the program’s community partners who work in the areas of violence prevention, healthy relationships, and sexual health.
The Stepping Up Meet & Greet is a great way to learn more about the program, how you can become a facilitator, and meet other MRU students that are interested in becoming involved. This is your chance to gain valuable experience and become involved in your community.
If you’d like to chat with other MRU students dedicated to fostering a safe, inclusive, and celebratory environment for people of all genders and orientations, check out our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/144452392312509/
Stepping Up Meet & Greet
Thursday, October 2
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, 2nd floor of Wyckham House
Everyone is welcome!