Our Approach

Our approach to sexual violence prevention is unique. 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 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 your campus 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. Working through a variety of important topics, they

  • share their experiences and beliefs
  • challenge each other’s opinions
  • collaborate around strategies
  • take part in group activities
  • and create action plans for change.

The social, interactive, and personalized nature of the experience makes it one students won't forget. They 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 community and greater commitment to improving campus culture.

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