Jaclyn Carpenter
Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center

Volunteers needed for Hawk Week Sexual Violence Prevention Program

Mon, 05/22/2023

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center (SAPEC) is seeking faculty, staff and graduate students to volunteer their time for the Jayhawks Give a Flock bystander intervention program.

Douglas A. Girod, Susan Klusmeier, Tammara Durham.SAPEC needs at least 200 volunteers to facilitate one to two group sessions on Sunday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 19. Facilitators will train incoming students to be active bystanders against sexual violence, and additional volunteers will assist with directing students to their assigned sessions or providing further support. SAPEC is willing to work with volunteers to accommodate their scheduling needs. Child care for children ranging from 18 months to 12 years old will be provided for participating volunteers through Hilltop on Aug. 19.

This mandatory program will provide incoming students with the skills they need to identify behavior that puts others at risk for violence, victimization or perpetration; and it empowers students to support survivors of sexual violence, as well as speak out against rape myths and sexist language. Volunteers and facilitators can sign up for the following shifts:

Sunday, Aug. 13:

  • Session 1: 9-11 a.m.
  • Session 2: 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 19:

  • Session 1: 9-11 a.m.
  • Session 2: Noon-2 p.m.
  • Session 3: 3-5 p.m.

All volunteers will receive a limited-edition Jayhawks Give a Flock shirt, and those who assist with at least two sessions will receive lunch. Facilitators who participate in three sessions will receive an additional appreciation gift.

SAPEC will provide training for units and departments that have several individuals interested in facilitating. Any faculty, staff, or graduate student interested in volunteering can express interest by filling out this form or emailing SAPEC Program Coordinator Jaclyn Carpenter at Individuals who volunteer to facilitate Jayhawks Give a Flock sessions will receive information about facilitator training via email.

Photo: From left, Chancellor Douglas A. Girod; Susan Klusmeier, vice provost for academic success; and Tammara Durham, vice provost for student affairs.

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