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Bystander Leadership

The Bystander Leadership Program is an educational program for faculty members that is intended to move participants from “insight” to “action” to increase inclusion among faculty as well as to address gender and race bias within faculty interactions in positive and prosocial ways.

The Bystander Leadership Program is comprised of two components:

(1) Insight or “consciousness-raising” and

(2) Action or active bystander intervention and prevention.

The consciousness-raising component will familiarize faculty with concepts such as bias, power and privilege, intersectionality, oppression.

The active bystander intervention and prevention component provides experience with using a variety of behavioral interventions to  reduce gender and race bias, including increasing knowledge of and confidence in using specific type of interventions and promoting diversity-affirming behaviors.

As taught during the Bystander Leadership Program, the five steps of bystander leadership are:

(1) Notice the event: What specifically happened in the interaction/situation?
(2) Interpret the problem: What is your interpretation of the event? To what extent does the interaction touch on gender and/or race issues?
(3) Lead by assuming responsibility: What is your responsibility to take action and what are the consequences of inaction?
(4) Decide how to respond: What are some ways you could intervene to interrupt, support, facilitate, or transform the situation using immediate or delayed responses?
(5) Act: Act upon your chosen intervention technique by practicing the techniques learned.

 Group of BLP attendees

Attendees and facilitators at the first Bystander Leadership workshop in September 2018

Bystander Leadership Committee

Chair: Kirsten Wood, AWED and History

Tawia Ansah, Law
Heather Blatt, English
Isaac Burt, Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology
Steve Charman, Psychology
Sanaz Farhangi, AWED
Lei Guo, Physics
Pete Markowitz, Physics      
Suzanna Rose, AWED
Michael Yawney, Theater