Step Up Bystander Intervention Training

One student stepped up to help another when she dropped her books.

Step Up is a bystander intervention training program that aims to create a more engaged Northwestern community by providing students, faculty, and staff with the basic tools to safely and effectively intervene in situations where someone might be in danger.

Participants in this 90 minute training leave with an understanding of the barriers to intervention and the strategies they can take to intervene.

Training Session Goals

  • Recognize reasons why people may not intervene.
  • Develop specific intervention skills.
  • Increase motivation and confidence to help.
  • Empower participants to act on their values.
  • Create a safer, healthier, more caring environment.

Step Up was created by the University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program and developed for Northwestern University by Campus Inclusion and Community and Center for Awareness, Response & Education. The Step Up Oversight Committee steers the development and implementation of the training program.

Step Up is funded by a federal grant received by the Office on Violence Against Women in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Training Sessions

To request a training please email