Sunday, October 23, 2011

BB Introduction 10/25: Mentors in Violence Prevention Bystander Program

Tuesday's Brown Bag is a student panel presentation facilitated by Dean Brown and Mark Thompson talking about the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Bystander Program.  The MVP model was conceived at Northwestern University in 1993.  From the website:

The [MVP] Model is a gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention approach that encourages young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. The training is focused on an innovative "bystander" model that empowers each student to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate. The heart of the training consists of role-plays intended to allow students to construct and practice viable options in response to incidents of harassment, abuse, or violence before, during, or after the fact. Students learn that there is not simply "one way" to confront violence, but that each individual can learn valuable skills to build their personal resolve and to act when faced with difficult or threatening life situations.
With all the hubbub going on around campus surrounding bias-related incidents, this certainly promises to be a relavent and insightful brown bag.

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