STAND UP WORKSHOPS
The STAND Up workshop is designed to assist individuals in learning positive and helpful ways to have conversations with those who have been involved in a traumatic event related to power-based personal violence. The workshop provides information about sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking; social perspectives; the impacts of trauma on the brain; listening techniques; tools for mandated reporters; and campus and community resources. Participants of this workshop will help us all STAND Up for those who are impacted by these issues.
The Office of Health Promotion, in connection with the Step In Stand Up Campaign and the Sexual Assault Survivors Services Committee, offers free STAND Up overviews and workshops to students each semester. Due to continuing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, we will be offering two virtual overviews during the Fall 2020 semester that are open to any Texas A&M student who registers ahead of time & confirms their attendance.
Student organizations can also request STAND Up overviews and workshops for their members as a part of growing their leadership identities and strengths. For the fall 2020 semester, we are able to offer the virtual one-hour overview as well as the virtual three-hour workshop. Both can be requested by using the "Request a Virtual STAND Up Overview" or "Request a Virtual STAND Up Workshop" tabs at the bottom of this page. We will bring the content to you as a Zoom meeting. There is also the opportunity to include elements of what your organization does within the discussion of supporting survivors of power-based personal violence. We prefer that a virtual overview or workshop have no more than 50 participants; for the purposes of using Zoom, and each participant must plan to login to the meeting individually through their own Zoom account. If you have more individuals in your department or organization, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss an adaptation plan.
STAND Up is proud to be recognized as a Signature Program of the Maroon & White Leadership Fellows Fellows/Society. Attending a full STAND Up workshop counts as one of the six required leadership reflections for students who are participating in this program.
Each academic year, the Office of Health Promotion, the Step In Stand Up Campaign, and the Sexual Assault Survivors Services Committee are work together to put on a series of Step In Stand Up Workshops. These events, open to Texas A&M faculty and staff, teach attendees how they can step in to stop acts of interpersonal violence with Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training and how they can stand up to support survivors with the STAND Up workshop. Green Dot is offered in the morning, STAND Up in the afternoon, with lunch available in between. Attendees can choose to attend only the Green Dot Training, only the STAND Up Workshop, or both.
In order to protect the well-being of our campus community and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed these trainings until 2021. We hope to offer this opportunity again in the spring. Please check back here for specific dates and registration announcements. The typical schedule is included below.
Step In Stand Up Workshop Schedule:
8:00-8:30am: Check-in (continental breakfast, coffee, and tea will be provided)
8:30am-12:00pm: Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training
1:00-4:00pm: STAND Up Workshop
At this time, you may request a one-hour Virtual STAND Up Overview or a three-hour Virtual STAND Up Workshop for your department, class, or faculty/staff organization. We will bring our material to via Zoom and include discussion-based and interactive components. There is also the opportunity to include elements of what your department, class, or organization does within the discussion of supporting survivors of power-based violence. You can request this instruction through the "Request a STAND Up Virtual Overview" or "Request a STAND Up Virtual Workshop" tabs on the bottom of this page.
Becoming a STAND Up Facilitator
Every two years, Health Promotion in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life hosts a STAND Up Facilitator Training on the Texas A&M University campus. Those who attend the facilitator training become certified to deliver the STAND Up curriculum to the university community.
Why should you become a facilitator?
Texas A&M University has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the prevention of power-based personal violence. Since 2015, the Step In Stand Up campaign has served as a call to action for Aggies to end sexual violence on our campus and in the communities in which they live & serve. STAND Up was created in-house to align with the STAND Up part of this campaign, providing individuals with the knowledge and skills to have trauma-informed conversations with victim-survivors of an assault.
In addition, while our Texas A&M campus and surrounding community are safe places to learn, work, and live, Aggies are still impacted by power-based personal violence. In the most recent Association of American Universities Survey on Sexual Assualt and Misconduct (2019), we know the following from students at Texas A&M University who participated:
- 27% of female; 7.2% of male; 14.7% of transgender, queer, and non-binary students, experienced at least one type of sexual assault due to physical force or incapacitation
- 42.7% experienced sexual harassment from another student, faculty or staff member
- 12.9% experienced intimate partner violence
- 19.4% experienced stalking
Becoming a STAND Up facilitator is one of the most tangible ways that you can serve as an ally who promotes violence prevention, brings awareness to the impact that power-based personal violence has on those who experience it, and empowers others to have informed conversations about these issues.
Who should become a facilitator?
Texas A&M faculty, staff, and community members who maintain active partnerships with Texas A&M are welcome to register for and attend the STAND Up Facilitator Training, with the understanding that they will (1) commit to being a facilitator for two years, and (2) facilitate at least 3 full workshops and/or overviews per year.
Those who become STAND Up facilitators are expected to be able to present the curriculum to students, faculty, and staff. While previous public speaking experience is not required, the ability and willingness to present in front of audience is a necessary trait for facilitators. In addition, while expert-level knowledge of power-based personal violence is not required at the time of training, it is fully expected that STAND Up facilitators will care enough about this issue to openly & confidently discuss instances sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking with different audiences. It is also necessary that STAND Up facilitators engage in additional training to remain current on federal, state, and university policies related to power-based personal violence. The STAND Up coordination team will ensure that this type of training is made available throughout the year.
2021 STAND Up Facilitator Training
Based upon ongoing guidance from TAMU and the CDC regarding COVID-19, and to protect the well-being of all our facilitators, supporters, and participants, the STAND Up Facilitator Training originally scheduled for May 13-14, 2020 has been rescheduled to Spring 2021: Tuesday, January 12 – Wednesday, January 13, 2021: 8:30am-5pm each day at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Center. Participants must attend the entire training to become a certified STAND Up facilitator.
During the Facilitator Training, participants will:
- Learn about the evidence-based need for developing & implementing the STAND Up workshop
- Participate in skill-building around the core tenets of the STAND Up curriculum, which includes:
- Support for Self: Examining the fears and concerns that one might have if they are told about an assault
- Think & Accept: Building an understanding of how trauma impacts the body and brain, and how we need to move past false narratives of victimization in order to engage in trauma-informed approaches to helping a victim/survivor
- Nurture: Learning how to create supportive spaces for disclosure to occur
- Determine Options: Becoming aware of local resources, and the rights & responsibilities of students, faculty, and staff on our campus
- Strengthen competence through experiential components including giving and receiving feedback, role plays, practice and discussion
Registration Cost & Procedures
Registration covers training materials, certification, breakfast & lunch, and refreshments for both days of the training. These fees are non-refundable either in part or in full, so please make sure that you can attend the entirety of the training before completing your registration.
The cost for the 2020 Facilitator Training is $50.
Step 1: Prior to registering, you must complete the following:
- STAND UP Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): This document outlines the requirements and responsibilities of being a STAND Up facilitator. You, your direct supervisor, and your director/department head must sign this document
- STAND Up Application Questions: Located on the last page of the MOU are application questions that you must complete and submit with your MOU. Your answers will give us more context for your interest in becoming a facilitator
- The MOU will be available here in October 2021
Step 2: Email your completed STAND Up MOU and Application Questions to SASS@tamu.edu. Upon receipt, you will be notified within 3 business days regarding the status of your application. Please wait to complete your registration until after you hear back from us about that status to ensure you’re approved to participate.
Step 3: Register as a participant. Registration will re-open in October 2020.
We are accepting requests for STAND Up Virtual Overviews and STAND Up Virtual Workshops during Fall 2020. We are also hosting two Virtual STAND Up Overviews during Fall 2020 that any Texas A&M student may register to attend.
STAND Up Virtual Overview
The Overview is a live, one-hour presentation that is delivered via Zoom by a trained facilitator. The Overview is intended to provide general information about the impacts of trauma related to experiencing power-based personal violence, and basic knowledge of trauma-informed response & relevant resources.
STAND Up Virtual Workshop
The Workshop is a live, three-hour presentation delivered via Zoom by trained facilitators. The Workshop is designed to build a thorough understanding of the physiological & social impacts of trauma related to experiencing power-based personal violence; improve self-efficacy and competency to manage initial conversations with individuals who may have experienced trauma; provide information about resources; provide tools to refer to appropriate parties; and build skills to assist survivors in finding empowerment. Participants who complete the Workshop receive a placard to display in their workspace as an indicator that they are knowledgeable of trauma-informed response. We recommend the full Workshop for (1) department trainings, (2) student leadership trainings (e.g. Resident Assistants, Peer Leaders, Tutors, etc.), and (3) student organizations with philanthropy related to the prevention of power-based personal violence).
How to Submit Requests
If you would like to bring this content to your classroom, department, or student organization, please complete the appropriate request form or email us at email@example.com.
Both Virtual Overviews and Virtual Workshops are limited to 50 participants per session. If you have a larger group, please contact us to discuss possible adaptation plans. Due to the interactive features we use through Zoom, and to be mindful of the privacy of all participants when discussing sensitive topics, we require that each participant individually login through their own Zoom account to join the session. We treat these requests as individual meetings, not as webinars.
For the foreseeable future, we have suspended in-person STAND Up Overviews and Workshops to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We hope to offer these again in Spring 2021, following appropriate guidelines for social distancing and room capacity requirements. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Registration for the Fall 2020 Virtual Overviews has closed. We will host Virtual Overviews again in the Spring 2021 semester, with dates being announced in January. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at SASS@tamu.edu.