#ProtectTheNest

The Violence, Intervention and Prevention (V.I.P.) Center opened in the fall of 2018 and serves as the heart of violence prevention and response on campus. Located on the lower level of the Blough-Weis Library, we achieve primary prevention—educational opportunities focused on stopping violence before it occurs—through a variety of workshops and awareness programs that are described on this website. Any of these workshops can independently be scheduled for your office, residence hall or organization.

Additionally, our office provides intervention services to survivors of sexual misconduct and gender-based violence. Whether an incident has happened on campus, off campus or before coming to campus, our center offers resources and confidential counseling through Transitions of PA, our local comprehensive crime center.

The V.I.P. Center is an open and inclusive space that values the opinions and beliefs of each of our students. We support and #believesurvivors, regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, class, neurodiversity or physical ability status, sexuality, immigration status and any other aspects of their identity. We believe that it is up to all of us as a Susquehanna University community to keep one another safe. It’s On Us to #ProtectTheNest.

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#ProtectTheNest

Sexual misconduct and gender based violence prevention and education cannot exist in a void. How we develop and construct our social lives — including our norms, beliefs, expectations, boundaries, and communication skills — all affect and intertwine with our culture’s understanding of sexual misconduct and gender based violence. In order to dismantle these scripts our approach must be multi-faceted.

 

“We are not immune from the culture we are trying to change.” –Dorothy Edwards, Alteristic

 

By understanding the culture, we aim to meet our campus community where they are. We offer an array of prevention programming to engage students, faculty, and staff to examine their lives and increase their understanding of accountability and care for others.

Green Dot Overview Talk

45-60 minutes

This training is designed to introduce faculty, staff and students to the Green Dot bystander intervention training. It provides a brief overview of the skills learned in the full Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training.

Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training

5 hours

As River Hawks, we have the responsibility to do something to prevent or stop a situation from worsening. This five-hour workshop will provide students with an overview of interpersonal power-based violence and a variety of opportunities to practice bystander intervention techniques with peers. Register for bystander intervention training as an individual or as a student organization to learn more about what you can do and how you can do it to help others in a time of need. “The right thing to do is the thing you can do.”

Sexual Citizenship and Practicing Consent

60-90 minutes

This program is dedicated to creating a safe environment to dialogue about healthy sexuality and sexual relations. It has been created so attendees feel empowered to start defining what they want and how best to effectively communicate that to a future or current sexual partner. Audience members will go through a skill-building workshop to establish communication styles and how best to assert and establish boundaries with a partner(s).

Healthy Relationships

60-90 minutes

This program provides information about aspects of healthy relationships, conflict resolution skills and role-play scenarios to help walk audience members through various skill-building exercises to increase communication skills amongst the people you are closest to.

Escalation Workshop

90 minutes

The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion, developed by the OneLove Foundation, that opens people’s eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. The workshop consists of viewing the film, Escalation, followed by a guided discussion led by an OneLove-trained facilitator. 

#BehindthePost Workshop

60-90 minutes

This is a film-based workshop created by the OneLove Foundation. It is designed to help students understand the impact of technology and social media on relationships and how it can be used to control a partner or disguise an unhealthy relationship.

Awareness programs are community-wide opportunities (anyone can access) or audience-specific (targeted towards a certain segment of our community or a particular group) that increase your knowledge and offer information and resources with the goals of violence prevention,  promoting safety, and  reducing perpetration.

Although our awareness programs may address primary prevention specifically, they also serve to increase your knowledge about these types of crimes and their impact upon a campus community. Every year, a variety of campus-wide awareness programs are offered. For more information on any of the events below, follow the VIP Center on social media.

Welcome Week Speaker

60-90 minutes

Each year Susquehanna University kicks off Welcome Week with an interactive program related to boundaries, healthy relationships and consent.

DV/SA Awareness/Action Months

Varies across month

Every year our October and April programming offer 30+ opportunities to take action against violence. From pledge signing to interactive boards in Mellon Lounge to weekly conversations in the V.I.P. Center and multiple opportunities to get trained in bystander intervention workshops, there are plenty of ways for students to get involved and raise their awareness regarding warning signs of relationship abuse and sexual violence. In addition we offer online daily challenges that students can engage with and win prizes!

Protect The Nest/Green Dot Action Events

15 minutes or less!

Each semester we will be hosting an interactive tabling/action event at a River Hawks athletic game to hear about how parents, alumni, players and spectators—#ProtectTheNest here at SU, home, and abroad. 

The Mask You Live In

90 minutes

This film explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men, and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. Using the film curriculum, the Engaging Men Committee will lead masculinity forums across campus. Interested in joining EMC? E-mail paradis@susqu.edu

Mock University Hearing

90 minutes

Once a year, student audience members get the opportunity to be an observer at a mock conduct hearing focused on an incident of sexual misconduct or gender-based violence.

Take Back the Night

90 minutes

This event incorporates a private, survivor speak out, how to be an ally training and the opportunity for organizations to come together, raise awareness and Take Back the Night.

There are many ways to get involved in the conversation about preventing gender based violence. Most important, is that every member of the Susquehanna community feels empowered to step up and step in to prevent violence from happening. In addition to a variety of events planned throughout the year, there are a number of ways that you can get involved.

I want to be supportive, but don't have a lot of time:

  • Be part of a student-driven movement for change on social media. Follow the V.I.P. (Violence, Intervention and Prevention) Center on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Invite your friends and classmates to follow these social media accounts
  • Speak up when you hear friends, roommates, and classmates perpetuate myths about sexual misconduct and gender based violence
  • Step in when you see friends, roommates, acquaintances, and strangers behaving in a manner that is threatening or terrorizing
  • Listen and offer support. If a friend discloses an experience(s) of sexual misconduct or gender based violence, offer support and resources

I want to be supportive and have some time to give:

  • Register for bystander intervention training and hone your skills for effectively intervening in situations of concern. Check out the calendar (coming soon) to find an open session!
  • Encourage the student organization(s) that you are involved in to host bystander intervention training for their members. Email paradis@susqu.edu to schedule a training
  • Mark your calendar for Domestic Violence Action Month, Sexual Assault Action Month, and Stalking Awareness Month. Focused on stopping violence before it occurs these months are chalked full of weekly events to encourage action against violence. Most events are 75 minutes or less!

I want to be supportive and involved in sexual misconduct and gender based violence prevention:

  • Join the Student Advisory Committee, a group of students working alongside campus professionals and community members, to meet the needs of SU’s Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women grant
  • Get involved at the VIP Center, volunteer your time a few hours a week
  • Take on a leadership role in the VIP Center
  • Apply for a year-long internship to work in the VIP Center
  • Dedicate academic research, paper and project attention to issues related to sexual misconduct and gender-based violence

Christiana Paradis (she/her)

OVW Program Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty in Women's Studies

Christiana Paradis is the Program Coordinator for a Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women grant. She coordinates all grant efforts including management of the VIP Center and prevention efforts on campus. Before coming to SU, she spent eight years at a local domestic and sexual violence program. Her office is next to the Wellness Room located in the VIP Center and she is available by appointment at paradis@susqu.edu.

Jennifer Taylor (she/her)

Campus Advocate, Transitions of PA

Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm (570) 490-2698

After hours/24-7: 1-800-850-7948

Jennifer Taylor is the Susquehanna campus advocate; she is available for confidential crisis counseling, support, safety planning, prevention education, and guidance in navigating legal and university proceedings. Jennifer is an employee of Transitions of PA, a local non-profit advocacy organization, but holds office hours Monday through Thursday in the VIP Center next to the Wellness Room. 

Women's Resource Room

In addition to the Center housing the offices of resource staff members, the VIP Center also has a Women’s Resource Study Room and a Wellness Room.

The Women's Resource Room is a study space on campus specifically focused on gender equity. You can find posters focused on the history of women's rights, as well as resource materials specific to women's health and menstrual hygiene products freely available to anyone in need.

If you need a place to take a break, a quiet space to study, or a reminder of the importance and value of femme-identities, this resource room is open and available to you.  

Wellness Room

On a bustling campus, it can be difficult to find spaces to reflect and take a pause, especially for survivors of sexual misconduct and gender-based violence. For those seeking such a space, the VIP Center has a wellness room on-site! Complete with weighted blankets, salt lamps, bean bag chairs and a variety of other amenities, this restorative space is a great spot to study, find a moment of calm, or spend quiet time with a friend.