Bystander Intervention

Register now for the next Bystander Intervention Training on March 14, 2024 from 9:00 – 11:00 am in Ottenheimer Library 535.Register now

In the Fall of 2023, nineteen UA Little Rock employees went through the Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training and became trainers. The goal is for these trainers to educate individuals on recognizing and responding to situations where they encounter someone who may be in jeopardy. It gives participants the essential knowledge and skills to intervene effectively and safely. The first training on campus was offered in February 2024, with another training in March (see flyer below).

Bystander Intervention involves developing the awareness, skills, and courage necessary to intervene when another person needs help. Such interventions enable individuals to communicate strong messages regarding acceptable and anticipated conduct within our campus community.

Watch this powerful video for a brief explanation of the bystander effect. *

The Bystander Effect (Examples + Experiments)

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There are many ways to intervene as demonstrated by this video (no spoken text so no captions are available):

Active bystander

Public Service Announcement (PSA) “Active bystander” is produced with the objective to encourage young people especially young men, to take action on ending violence against women. The piece follows a positive bystander approach that increases individual intervention in situations where individuals do not offer help when other people are present.

This Clint Smith TED Talk also covers the importance of using our voices.

Clint Smith: The danger of silence

“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

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