Violence Against Women Prevention Program (VAWPP)

WGSS 3271 Seminar on Rape Education and Awareness I (1 credit)

This course explores issues of gender-based violence and trains those enrolled to facilitate prevention and awareness workshops for the campus community. Students are required to attend an intensive one-day retreat and participate in weekly seminars. Students interested in applying for a VAWPP Peer Facilitator position in Fall 2016 must complete this course this Spring (2016). 

For more information, please contact Lauren Donais, the Violence Against Women Prevention Program Coordinator at lauren.donais@uconn.edu.

UConn Men’s Project

Contact: kathleen.holgerson@uconn.edu or the Women’s Center at 860-486-4738

The Men’s Project is an eleven-week training that begins in February. The meeting day and time is determined by participant availability.

The program is supported by the UConn Women’s Center and the Asian American Cultural Center, whose staff serve as advisors and support for this initiative.  The goal of The Men’s Project is to train male-identified students who will then positively influence their peers by challenging social norms that promote gender-based violence; understanding their connection to survivors of gender-based violence; and role modeling effective bystander interventions.  The weekly meetings will focus on topics related to gender socialization, masculinities, social justice and gender-based violence.  Previous year’s participants shared that the program was transformative, challenging, and that after the program their implementation of bystander intervention strategies greatly increased.

We will select approximately 20 male-identified students for this initiative.  The purpose of the project is to identify and train individuals who may be seen as having influence with their peers.  However, all male-identified students are encouraged to apply.  We are looking for a diverse group of participants with unique experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.  Ideal candidates are students who relate well to other men; who are sensitive to issues of gender-based violence; and are open to collective and collaborative learning.

If you are interested or know of men who may be, please forward potential candidates’ names and all known contact information to the Women’s Center Director Kathleen Holgerson.

Greeks Against Sexual Assault (GASA)

Contact: kathleen.holgerson@uconn.edu or the Women’s Center at 860-486-4738

The goal of Greeks Against Sexual Assault (GASA) is to train members of fraternities and sororities so they can then positively influence their peers by challenging social norms that promote gender-based violence; understanding their connection to survivors of gender-based violence; and role modeling effective bystander interventions. The weekly meetings will explore issues of gender, privilege, social justice and how we can stop sexual assault and interpersonal violence, specifically within the Greek community.

This program is co-sponsored by the UConn Women’s Center and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL).  For more information, please contact the Women’s Center Director Kathleen Holgerson.