Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program
In 2007, I took a position with Michigan State University's Department of Student Life as the Male Outreach Coordinator for the soon-to-be developed Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Program (SARV). My job included recruiting and training student Peer Educators, particularly men, to become advocates for ending sexual assault and relationship violence on campus. The program itself was mandatory for all incoming students, and adopts a bystander interventionist model that has become increasingly popular in prevention programming. I served with SARV for three years, overseeing the hiring and training of Peer Educators and the development of an internship program. At the end of my tenure, I was presented with the first-ever awarded White Ribbon Award for outstanding male activism by the MSU Counseling Center's Sexual Assault Program.