Bringing in the Bystander

Bringing In The Bystander

Bringing In The Bystander (BIB) is a program designed to educate, inspire, and empower YOU to prevent, interrupt, and respond to harassment and violence. We all have a role to play in ending gender-based violence, including sexual and relationship violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and exploitation in our community. In one 90-minute session, the BIB workshop helps you explore and prepare to take on your role by:

  • raising awareness of the scope and roots of violence;
  • helping identify situations where behavior is inappropriate or potentially harmful;
  • helping develop skills to intervene in a way that keeps you and others safe

Bringing in The Bystander is a Soteria Solutions® program. Learn more about them and the roots of BIB.

At the Women's Center, our goal is to offer BIB workshops by request to any campus entity or organization that is interested. If you are interested in requesting a workshop for a group or organization you are a part of, please take note of the following details before proceeding to complete and submit this form.

  • Requests must be made at least 2 full weeks (14 days) in advance for optimal response. (If you are looking for a workshop at a date sooner than 14 days away, please contact katie2@vt.edu directly to inquire about our ability to accommodate you.)
  • The workshop utilizes a PowerPoint with visual aids, video, and audio as a means of instruction. We require that the space utilized for a workshop provide the capacity to log in to Wi-Fi, and to plug-in to a projection system via an HDMI cable from a laptop.
  • Videos we use will be captioned, and visual aid slides will be described. However, we know that this still does not meet everyone's access needs. Please notify us via this form if any members of your group require access accommodations.
  • Workshops require at least 8 participants and are capped at ~30 participants to maintain an environment where learning and discussion are possible. 
  • We cannot offer workshops in private homes/residences.

We rely on a group of dedicated volunteers who are faculty, staff, and student members of our community to make this program possible.  If you are interested in taking the lead on the issue of violence prevention and are willing to volunteer for our BIB program, here's some additional information.

  • Bringing In The Bystander Facilitator Training is intended to train students as well as faculty and staff members in our community to facilitate the workshops described above.
  • The shortest version of BIB training we offer at VT is approximately 6 hours and is held most often on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. We aim to hold at least one (1) facilitator training a semester.
  • BIB workshops are most often for student audiences but are also sometimes requested by faculty and staff groups. 
  • Individuals who participate in training will be added to the roster of facilitators and will be expected to co-facilitate two (2) workshops per semester with another trained BIB facilitator or Women's Center staff.
  • Workshops most often take place in the evening and on weekends.

Any upcoming training dates will be listed below along with registration links, which will include details about logistics and training content.

Thank you for your interest in Bringing in the Bystander.

We all have a role to play in creating a campus community free from gender-based violence. We cannot do this work without YOU.

Bringing in the Bystander Facilitator Training

Bringing in the Bystander Facilitator Training
Bringing in the Bystander Facilitator Training

We are looking for folks who want to take the lead in creating a safer campus community and preventing gender-based violence.
If this is you, consider volunteering with our bystander intervention program. The first step is registering for a 1-day facilitator training. We have one coming up on Friday, Oct. 4th from 9am – 5pm.  Learn more & Register at: https://tinyurl.com/BIB10-4-19

Bringing In The Bystander (BIB) is a program designed to educate, inspire, and empower community members to prevent, interrupt, and respond to harassment and violence. We all have a role to play in ending sexual and relationship violence in our community. BIB workshops help you prepare to play yours.
As a BIB facilitator, you will receive training in facilitating these workshops on bystander skills, as well as some basic training in how to support survivors in our community. Once you complete the training, you will be ready to share your knowledge with your fellow Hokies in 90-minute BIB workshops, which raise awareness of the scope and roots of this type of violence, help identify situations where behavior is inappropriate or potentially harmful, and helps develop skills to intervene in a way that keeps you and others safe.