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NU Bystander Intervention

About NU Bystander Intervention

NU Bystander Intervention is an initiative that aims to create a safer, more caring and inclusive community by engaging all students, faculty and staff and asking them to play a role in shifting our campus culture.

Bystander intervention is a type of training that was developed to help people identity and interrupt moments of harm or potential harm. While initially implemented around topics of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking on college campuses, the training has been broadened to think about how people observing a situation can take an active role in intervening to stop immediate harm, and ideally future harm, from happening. 
NU Bystander Intervention is a collaboration between Center for Awareness, Response and Education (CARE) and Social Justice Education (SJE).

Bystander Intervention Training

We are offering limited training this Winter 2022. If you feel that your training rises to high priority, please contact our Graduate Assistant for Bystander Intervention, Grace Harrison, at Otherwise, we invite you to contact us to receive a recording and instructions to self-lead a bystander workshop with your organization. For this option, contact our team at

The NU Bystander Intervention training curriculum is a 60-90min training that overviews the process of being an active bystander, introduces basic tools to safely and effective intervene in situations, and provides scenario practice. Participants leave having reflected on their own motivations and barriers to intervention as well as strategies they can implement in a variety of contexts.

Session aims include to:

Bystander Intervention Facilitation Trainings

Winter 2022 we are aiming to train a group of student facilitators and at least 10 faculty and staff who are committed to facilitating bystander workshops on the Northwestern campus. More details to come by early January 2022. To learn more, contact our Graduate Assistant Grace Harrison at
The NU Bystander Intervention facilitation training curriculum currently takes place over two 2-hrs sessions. The training covers the foundations of bystander intervention values, strategy and how it works at NU. Participants also learn and complete practice around the bystander intervention training curriculum. Participants leaving this session receive materials to be able to share this information with their groups and are added to a group of volunteer facilitators who support trainings for the broader NU community.
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Bystander Intervention Scenario Practice Group

The Scenario Practice Group was developed in August 2020 as a space for sustained and continued learning to understand social identities and bystander concepts, in order to be more active and effective at interrupting moments of harm and violence. 

Bystander Intervention Committee

We are in the process of visioning our Bystander Intervention Committee. Check back here for more information in the future!


Contact Assistant Director of Social Justice Education, Qiu Fogarty at or Assistant Director of Prevention and Masculine Engagement at Center for Awareness, Response, Education, Dr. Saed Hill