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Sexual Climate Initiatives

Colgate is committed to improving the sexual climate on campus, providing numerous programs to  promote healthy sexuality.
The Student Government Association produced this video, encouraging Colgate students to take the pledge and join the White House Initiative, "It's On Us."

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. Scott Brown, dean of students, leads monthly meetings.

The SCAC works across various departments and student groups to continuously improve our community culture. An Environmental Map of Sexual Climate Initiatives on campus places each individual effort in context with the grander goal of achieving a healthy Colgate experience.

Students are encouraged to contact Dean Brown (sbrown@colgate.edu) and become engaged members of the committee.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a strategy to prevent various types of violence, including bullying, sexual harassment and assault, and intimate partner violence. Grouped together, we call these behaviors "gender-based violence." The Bystander Intervention training is a two-hour interactive program led by student facilitators. It includes videos, discussion of the definition of consent, facts about how Colgate can help student survivors of sexual assault and/or harassment, and a long section on how to identify dangerous situations and intervene safely and effectively. 

Bystander Intervention is based on the understanding that people make decisions and continue behaviors based on the reactions they get from others. Colgate's program is based on a model from Duke University called PACT (Prevent, Act, Challenge, Teach).
Key Facts
  • 144 students, faculty, and staff have contributed to our current model.
  • Over 700 students are now trained.
  • 20 trained student facilitators, including students in key positions such as Community Leaders within residential life, Link staff, and many campus fraternities and sororities lead trainings.
  • On September 15, 2014, a training was held for all first-year students.
  • Some fraternities and D1 athletic teams will be trained in Spring 2015.
  • Community Leaders, Link staff mentors for first-years, all sorority women, and all Student Government members have been trained.
Informational Meetings

We are now hosting monthly informational meetings on the first Thursday of every month, starting on February 5! We provide updates and feedback on the development of the Bystander Intervention program, including groups trained, reports from subcommittees, and new ideas about how to sustain the impact of Bystander Intervention on our campus.

Location: ALANA Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
Time: 4:15-5:30 p.m.
Dates: April 2

Training Sessions

We are offering multiple monthly trainings during the spring 2015 semester.

Location: Shaw Wellness Institute
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Dates: March 24, and April 12

All trainings are free and open for faculty, staff, and students. Sign up by emailing bystander@colgate.edu.


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 Madison Paulk at mpaulk@colgate.edu.

Sexual Assault Resources

Colgate maintains extensive resources regarding gender-based violence and sexual 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, faculty, and 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, which was recently highlighted by NBC.com, 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 ehawkins@colgate.edu.

Project HEAL

Project HEAL provides a space to learn and practice healing activities that help to develop a holistic experiential awareness for living. The group is devoted to helping heal survivors of childhood sexual abuse, unwanted touched, coerced or forced sex, sexual harassment, or sexual exploitation.

Emily Khazaee from Victims of Violence hosts HEALing sessions on designated Mondays.

Location: 109B East
Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Dates: March 23, April 13, 20


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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 tmantaro@colgate.edu.

This is Not a Play About Sex

'This is not a Play about Sex.' A theater performance directed by Christina Liu '13

A play by Christina Liu ’13 includes frank discussion about sexuality, and has been performed on campus over the years.

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