Our approach to sexual violence prevention is different from that of other programs. It is student-led, calling on students to actively engage with each other. Sexual violence on campus is a systemic problem rooted in social norms and it requires social solutions. Passively viewing video content, listening to experts, or watching performances does not adequately equip students to address this real-world issue. Ultimately, students are the ones who have the power to bring about change on their campus, and our methodology is built around this reality.
Informed-U provides the framework for learning but puts the actual learning experience in the hands of students. We train a cohort of student facilitators on campus to deliver discussion-based learning sessions to small groups of 6 to 8 students. Our learning tools give structure to the discussions and activities that compose the 1.5 to 2 hour learning sessions. While the facilitator manages the process and logistics of the session, the participants themselves take the lead in running it. Working through a variety of important topics, they
- share their experiences and beliefs
- internalize key concepts
- challenge each other’s opinions
- collaborate around strategies
- participate in group activities
- and create action plans for change.
Students leave their sessions with a better perspective and deeper understanding of sexual violence on their campus, and also with strategies they have worked through with their peers for how they can make a difference. The social, interactive, and personalized nature of the experience makes it one that is memorable and that leads to real behavior change.
Find out more about how our program works.