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The Center for Violence Prevention and Education (CVPE) offers a number of workshop-style presentations covering issues related to healthy relationships and dating, power- and gender-based violence, and constructing masculinities. These 50-minute workshops are perfect for classroom settings, student organization meetings, faculty/staff trainings, and more! For more information on content covered, please email cvpe@bgsu.edu.

Workshops offered:

This (50-minute) workshop, offered in partnership with The Cocoon, will assist students in understanding the role that alcohol can play in facilitating a sexual assault and will be provided with the tools to spot the red flags that one may demonstrate when using alcohol as a weapon. Participants will be prepared to be an active bystander in a situation when another may need assistance. Participants will take a pre and posttest to measure the effectiveness of the presentation.

These two concurrent sessions, offered in partnership with The Cocoon, will measure student growth and understanding by evaluating students with a pre and posttest. Suggested group size is no larger than 25.

Session 1 – Starting the Conversation (50-60 minutes)

Learning Objectives (taken from One Student):

  • Define consent
  • Understand that consent must be present at each step of the way and during each sexual encounter
  • Recognize that alcohol may be used to make it easier to talk or force a companion into sexual activity
  • Identify ways they can intervene as bystanders

Session 2 – Digging Deeper (50 minutes)

Learning Objectives:

  • Build comfort with talking about sex and consent
  • Recognize that healthy dialogue and commination between partners creates a positive sex experience
  • Empower participants to prevent and respond to sexual violence
  • Better understand a survivor-centered response

The Green Dot Strategy (90-minute Overview Talk or 3-hour Bystander Training), offered in partnership with The Cocoon, aims to shift campus culture and increase proactive preventative behavior by targeting influential members from across a community with basic education, skill practice, and reactive interventions to high-risk situations. Every choice to be proactive as a bystander is categorized as a “new behavior” and thus a “Green Dot.” Individual decisions (green dots) group together to create larger change. Participants knowledge will be measured by a pre and posttest.

Healthy Masculinities (50-minute workshop) is a beginner workshop that will assist students in recognizing how understanding their own identities is meaningful. This workshop will encourage students to do a deep dive into themselves and the way they choose to represent themselves as masculine. Participants will have their knowledge measured by taking a pre and posttest.

Healthy Relationships (50-minute workshop) will provide students with information on red and green flags within a relationship and provide students with activities that will assist them in evaluating their own relationships. Participants will be provided with tools and information that will encourage them to better understand their relationships. Participants will have their understanding of healthy relationships measured by taking a pre and posttest.


Standing Together Against Sexual Violence and Misconduct (Informed-U) sessions are based on small-group discussions. Informed-U provides the framework for learning, but puts the actual learning experience in the hands of students. Student facilitators are trained to deliver discussion-based learning sessions to groups of six to eight students at a time. While the facilitator manages the process and logistics of the 1.5- to 2-hour sessions, participants take the lead in running it. Participants leave their sessions with a broader perspective and deeper understanding of sexual violence and misconduct, and also with strategies they have worked through together for how they can make a difference. The result is a stronger connection to community and greater commitment to improving campus culture.

Rape Culture 101 (50-minute workshop) will provide beginner students with a deeper understanding of sex, gender, and key terminology related to gender-based violence. This conversation will be presented with a video to allow students to then identify new learned terminology. Participants will be provided with quick facts related to violence along with conversation and tools on disrupting rape culture. Participants will take pre and posttest to measure the success of this workshop.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace & Bystander Intervention (50/60-minute workshop) has been created to directly discuss sexual harassment in the workplace, educational setting, and community. This training has been put together to shed light on how gender and privilege play a role in the experiences of marginalized peoples. This workshop consists of interactive group-think and time for reflection. This program will also equip students with tools to be a pro-active bystander. Students’ understanding of sexual harassment and bystander intervention will be quantified by taking a pre and posttest.

During this (50-minute) workshop, students will engage in conversation around the pros and cons of social media, learning about different features that can be taken to ensure participants understand the responsibility of utilizing social media today. Participants will take a pre and posttest to measure the effectiveness of the presentation.