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Sexual Climate Initiatives

Colgate is committed to improving the sexual climate on campus, providing numerous programs to  promote healthy sexuality.
Colgate has held Yes Means Yes sessions for the past five years.

Sexual Climate Advisory Committee

The Sexual Climate Advisory Committee, composed of faculty, staff and students, is charged with developing and evaluating initiatives at the individual, environmental and system level that contribute to a climate of sexual respect. Monthly meetings are led by Scott Brown, dean of students, and students are encouraged to contact Dean Brown ( and become engaged members of the committee.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a strategy for the prevention of various types of violence, including bullying, sexual harassment and assault, and intimate partner violence. It is based on the fact that people make decisions and continue behaviors based on the reactions they get from others. Grouped together we increasingly call these behaviors "gender-based violence."

Colgate's active bystander intervention program is based on a model from Duke University called PACT: prevent, act, challenge, and teach. In the past year, a Colgate working group of 144 students, faculty, and staff have contributed to the current model. More than 140 students are now trained, and there are 14 trained student leaders. For more information, contact bystander intervention intern Rosie Tootell at

We are excited to roll out a schedule of training dates for bystander intervention for the fall of 2014.
  • We have already conducted training for student leaders such as community leaders in residential life and the "link staff" for new student programs.
  • On September 15 we will be bringing all first year students into the bystander intervention experience.
  • We hope to continue offering bystander intervention training to other groups of key stakeholders by developing a calendar of trainings! Until then, trainings may be requested by emailing
Student facilitators are currently being recruited to take on leadership positions within the program and lead work groups that can help sustain and steer the development of Colgate's program.

Members of the community are invited to stay informed and contribute by joining a work group, or by attending our monthly stakeholder meetings, held on the last Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. in the ALANA Cultural Center multipurpose room.

Student-led team: The Network

The Network is a sexual assault and domestic violence awareness group organized by the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education. The group hosts weekly meetings that discuss upcoming events and current issues, and organizes annual events like Take Back The Night and Speak Out. The Network partners with Victims of Violence for Madison County where students are trained to answer a sexual assault and domestic abuse hotline.

For more information contact Dannie Putur at

Sexual Assault Resources

Colgate maintains extensive resources regarding gender-based violence and sexual assault. To access these resources, or to report an assault, please see the Sexual Violence Support, Resources, and Education page.

Yes Means Yes

Yes Means Yes is a six-week positive sexuality seminar led by student and faculty/staff facilitators. Created by a student in 2009, Yes Means Yes gives students the unique opportunity to gather with people from across campus to engage in honest discussion. The seminar covers topics of positive sexuality in an attempt to destigmatize and encourage conversation about sex, pleasure, a healthy sexual climate on campus, combating sexual violence, the way different identities interact with sex and sexuality, and more.

For more information contact Yes Means Yes intern Emily Hawkins at

This is Not a Play About Sex

A play by a student called "This is Not a Play About Sex" included frank discussion about sexuality. It is one of many positive sexuality initiatives promoting a healthy campus climate at Colgate. LEARN MORE

For More Information

For more information about the Sexual Climate Advisory Committee or to get involved in any of the groups or programs please contact Thad Mantaro, Director of the Shaw Wellness Institute, at