Do you feel empowered to intervene?

Videos of crowds of people walking past homeless or abandoned people in the street are posted online and played in class to pull on our heart strings and to make us consider patterns of human behaviour. While we might see ourselves as far removed from such actions, the reality is, similar situations can also be found within the university context.

Are you looking out for your friends at the Foundry? Do you stand up for your class mates? Would you ask someone who looks upset if they are okay? Do you speak up when someone you know takes a joke too far?

Bystander intervention refers to the awareness, skill and willingness to intervene in a situation where another person needs help. While we do have a no tolerance harassment policy at UC, it is our responsibility as students to do our part in showing others what is and is not acceptable behaviour. The most important things to remember are to ensure your safety, be aware of those around you and that our current actions have future consequences.

At the end of the day, look out for yourself and look out for your friends.

Laura O’Dwyer
UCSA Equity and Wellbeing Representative

The websites below provide further information on bystander intervention and various training resources:

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