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Bystander Leadership

The Bystander Leadership Program is an educational program for women and men STEM and SBS faculty that is intended to move participants from “insight” to “action” to address bias and discrimination 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 will help create a social system that supports and institutionalizes positive change in several key areas, including demonstrating greater appreciation for diversity and a reduction in prejudicial attitudes, greater knowledge of and confidence in using intervention and diversity skills and strategies, and an increase in diversity-affirming behaviors.

Group of BLP attendeesAttendees and facilitators at the first Bystander Leadership workshop in Septemberr

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?
(5) Act: Act upon your chosen intervention technique.