Social Courage and Being An Engaged Bystander
Presenter: Cindy Pierce
Program Description: This program encourages members to intervene in situations and behaviors they recognize as not aligning with their personal and group values. Reducing sexual assault starts with addressing sexual harassment. Reducing sexual harassment starts with addressing microaggressions (such as racist, homophobic, misogynist, or transphobic comments). Not joining in the banter is a first step and reflects awareness. The next step is to intervene or engage by calling peers out even though it is awkward and socially risky. Cindy weaves the facts and information about sexual assault and consent with real stories from college men who have developed their social courage that has led to a more authentic relationship with their peers. Pierce offers supportive guidance with humor and compassion.
- Members will consider aligning their public and private selves by holding each other accountable when no one else is watching or judging (in the basement, at a party, away from authority or women).
- Members will recognize situations where they choose to not engage in behaviors along with peers and take the next step of speaking up/calling out.
- Knowing peers will support social courage in their group and help others work through the inevitable awkwardness and social risks will inspire more people to have the courage to intervene.
- Acknowledging and breaking down what it takes to socially survive as a college guy can inspire men to take steps toward evolving into more reflective and responsible individuals.
Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Fraternity men
Presenter Bio: Cindy Pierce combines comic storytelling, years of research and a no-nonsense approach to engage students in conversations about making healthy choices, navigating cultural, media and peer pressures, and the importance of consent and communication in sexual relationships. She is the author of Sex, College and Social Media: A Commonsense Guide to Navigating the Hookup Culture (Bibliomotion, 2016).
More information: Download a one-pager about this program.
Booking Information: Contact Cindy Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-643-2997.