Our Approach

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.

 
 
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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.

 
Any curriculum will be ineffective if it consists of a lecturer yammering in front of a blackboard, or a textbook that students highlight with a yellow marker. People understand concepts only when they are forced to think them through, to discuss them with others, and to use them to solve problems.
— Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now