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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Practicing Bystander Intervention Strategies

All too often we witness subtle comments or behaviors rooted in bias that cause harm to others, sometimes unintentionally and frequently directed toward people from marginalized social identity groups. Have you ever witnessed a bias incident such as a microaggression and wanted to intervene, but didn't know what to say or do? Becoming an active bystander involves recognizing a bias incident and saying or doing something to stop the harm. Anyone can become an active bystander and learn to address bias in everyday interactions. In this 90-minute workshop, we will explore some of the most commonly encountered expressions of bias and identify tools participants can use to interrupt bias in daily life. Participants will practice what they have learned using real-life scenarios.

After attending in this program participants will be able to:

  • Describe why being an active versus passive bystander is important
  • Understand why many people hesitate to act
  • Recognize the variety of factors that must be taken into consideration when deciding to take action
  • Utilize strategies for intervening when a bias incident or microaggression has occurred