Prevention Education

The Phoenix Center at Auraria’s Violence Prevention Peer Education (VPE) Program raises awareness and exposes myths and stereotypes of interpersonal violence through interactive workshops in and out of classrooms.

The VPE program consists of a group of committed Auraria students who provide workshops on a variety of topics topics related to interpersonal violence (IPV). Workshops can be customized to run 60-90 minutes long so they can be easily implemented during a class period, staff meeting, or conference. They are interactive sessions that have very little lecture and intend to engage the students in the discussion of these difficult issues.

If you are interested in hosting an educational program or would like training for your campus organization or department then the PCA’s VPE program can help. They can tailor a presentation or interactive workshop to your needs.

Our most popular workshops include:

Interpersonal Violence 101
This session will provide a general overview of all aspects of interpersonal violence and will include interactive activities to help folks think about the dynamics of violence and issues such as consent, healthy relationships, and how to help a friend.

Healthy Relationships
This session aims to focus on what it is each of us wants from a relationship. So often we focus on the negative aspects and do not give time to our own needs and boundaries. Peer educators engage students in developing a shared definition of what a healthy relationship looks like to them as well as developing an understanding of the importance of respect, care, and value in an intimate (and platonic) relationship with another person.

Bystander Intervention
Have you ever wanted to step into a situation because you knew something was wrong, particularly if it is a friend you are worried about? This workshop discusses bystander intervention and works to develop strategies to intervene in difficult situations. The focus is on incidents of stalking, sexual assault and relationship violence, but principles can be applied to much more.

Media Literacy
This workshop provokes discussion about what interpersonal violence is and how media and pop culture messages contribute to the normalization of it in our culture. Activities, images and video clips about media messaging and message delivery will illustrate concepts of sexual objectification, gender construction, and the intersections of race, class, and power as they relate to interpersonal violence. These discussions are intended to help participants think critically about how the media relates to interpersonal violence what individuals and groups can do to create social change.

Minorities in the Media
This workshop is intended to help participants understand how institutionalized racism is reinforced by popular media. Activities, images, and videos will be used to provoke dialogue about how various types of media assist in shaping society’s views and dispositions towards minorities. These discussions will help participants think critically about how stigmas, stereotypes, and assumptions are placed on minorities through different facets of the media, as well as how we can create change in media systems.

Gender Construction
This workshop is designed to highlight how societally constructed gender roles limit an individual’s humanness and contribute to sexism and interpersonal violence. The concept of privilege will be explored, as it is often undetected yet plays a significant role in oppression and sexism. This workshop will illustrate how individuals of all genders participate in oppression within and outside of their gender. It will conclude by providing attendees with solutions to end the harm and empower individuals.

To schedule a workshop please fill out our Workshop Request Form

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