Get Involved

Bystander Intervention is an important component of building a culture of social responsibility and respect at Wake Forest University. There are a variety of programs and initiatives that are implemented through a collaborative effort on campus throughout the year to continue educating and increasing awareness within the campus community. Click below to see current initiatives, and how to get involved.

  • Peer Education

    PREPARE

    (Policy Group on Rape Education, Prevention and Response) was founded in 1987 by Wake Forest students. The purpose of PREPARE is to develop and coordinate programs to educate the Wake Forest University community about rape and sexual assault. PREPARE also collaborates with the Wake Forest University P.E.E.R.S. program to implement the Step Up! WFU Extended Orientation sessions for all first year incoming students. To find out more, visit the website.


     

    WFU P.E.E.R.S.

    (Peers Educating, Engaging, Reaching & Supporting) is a network of Nationally Certified Peer Educators that work collaboratively to implement prevention, educational, and awareness programs and campaigns around wellbeing for the Wake Forest University campus community. The WFU P.E.E.R.S. network also collaborates with PREPARE to implement the Step Up! WFU Extended Orientation sessions for all first year incoming students. To find out more, visit the website.

  • Extended Orientation Sessions

    All incoming first year students complete a Step Up! WFU Bystander Intervention training centered around learning the 5 steps and other skills to intervene by utilizing the 4 D’s (direct, distract, delegate, & delay).

  • Red Flag Campaign

    Each year multiple offices come together to implement the national Red Flag Campaign to educate and empower the WFU campus community to identify the “red flags” or signs of unhealthy relationships and dating violence. Find out more about healthy relationships here.

  • SOS Campaign

    The Office of Wellbeing and the University Counseling Center partner each year to implement the Signs of Stress (SOS) Campaign, which seeks to educate the campus community about how to identify the five signs of emotional distress (agitation, withdrawal, hopelessness, personality change, self-neglect). Through a combination of stress reducing activities and mental health screenings, the community learns about the 5 signs of stress, as well as campus resources and strategies to manage and cope with emotional distress. To find out more, visit the website.

  • National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

    Each year, the Office of Wellbeing and the WFU P.E.E.R.S. collaborate to implement educational awareness campaigns and events to help students understand how to drink responsibly, if they choose to drink. Through marketing and fun activities, students learn how to look out for one another, identify and respond to alcohol poisoning, and reduce high risk drinking.

  • Wake the Beautiful

    The WFU P.E.E.R.S. implement numerous Wake the Beautiful programs to educate the campus community about the signs and symptoms of disordered eating behaviors. These initiatives also increase awareness about healthy eating strategies, and promote body positivity as well.

  • Tie a Yellow Ribbon Week

    During the week, more than 800 students attend events designed to educate the Wake Forest community about rape and sexual assault. Yellow ribbons are worn to honor survivors of rape and sexual assault. During the week PREPARE hosts events to educate the community about sexual assault. You can find out more here.