“Survival is testament to someone’s strength. Healing is testament to the community surrounding her.” –Lisa Factora-Borchers
As a University community, we are expected to report incidents of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. But what else can faculty and staff members do to best support students who have experienced this kind of violence? What do we say? What do we not say? How can we build trust and help empower survivors and also create a survivor-responsive campus community?
This workshop will provide learning space for UMBC’s faculty and staff to become familiar with the scope of the problem of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence on college campuses, challenges related to healing for survivors, and tools for personal self-care. The majority of the workshop will focus on best practices for responding sensitively and effectively to student survivors who are experiencing an immediate crisis or ongoing trauma.
Workshop material will be covered from 12:00-1:00pm. Presenters have blocked an additional 30 minutes afterwards to be available for further questions and support.
This workshop is open only to UMBC faculty and staff. A student workshop will also be offered on April 12th for Sexual Assault Awareness Month or by request.
Please note: This workshop does not cover specific details related to UMBC's reporting requirements and procedures for sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Faculty and staff who are interested learning more about UMBC policies and reporting procedures can contact the Title IX Coordinator.