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I learned the importance of being an upstander and what difference it can make in de-escalating situations. 

I will be more deliberate about intervening to model for students.

It was a good reminder that taking action to challenge harmful language can have an impact on moving social norms in the right direction.

I feel more prepared to handle potential situations in the future. 

I feel more confident to speak up when necessary. 

I will encourage colleagues to address situations needing intervention as well. 


It makes me think about my own language and the way that I talk with my colleagues. It makes me reevaluate the way that I talk and how that fits into this goal of creating a better culture.

It has reminded me that it is my business, it is my obligation, it is a part of my job and my duty as a human being and as a professor and as a part of this community to intervene.

By understanding that we can intervene in a non-threatening way, but simply intervene in a way that is effective, that we can think through our behaviors and hopefully change how the community functions.

I feel that this upstander work allows for more visibility on campus, both in terms of this work and my role in culture-bearer and culture-sharer and a culture-changer. So, I put out this information and it is reflected back at me and so I'm able to see what needs to be nuanced in terms of my delivery and my leadership.

I'm thinking about gender and gender politics and gender roles. So, I think in terms of my role in changing the culture around sexual violence, it's a conversation about gender and what it actually means to be a man, and the ways in which we are programmed to be and act.

I think that's a responsibility that all of us needs to take more seriously, to be fighting the toxic masculinity that's intrinsic in rape culture.

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