Social Justice Week: Active Bystander Training
6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT March 12
Murray Lounge in the SAK
Murray Lounge, 2nd floor of the Sakowich Campus Center
Facilitated by Rev. Liz Magill
Registration required at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/JGDcBAudPR0Rxid12
Incidents of hateful harassment of racial and religious minorities, people who are immigrants, people who are trans, and others, are becoming increasingly publicized. Through discussion, role-play, and personal reflection, participants learn to respond to such conflicts in a constructive, non-violent way.
This curriculum was developed by Quabbin Mediation with input from Psychology Professor Ervin Staub, known for his work on the psychology of mass violence. Rev. Liz Magill of South Acton Church, UCC will be running the workshop.
Active Bystanders’ Training helps participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze situations, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. The training heightens bystanders’ power. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm-doing and generate positive actions by others. Active bystandership does not mean aggression against the harm-doer. It means taking responsible action to help people in need instead of remaining passive and becoming complicit. Bystanders gain competencies they need if they decide to act when they witness something they feel is unfair, or wrong, or troubling.
This event has a Google Hangouts video call.