Education and Outreach Initiatives at the EmPOWER Center
EmPOWER works collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, and community partners to build sensitivity and provide educational programs to the 7C community on healthy relationships, consent, healthy masculinity, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Below are educational and outreach initiatives offered through EmPOWER.
Pictured: Tselot Aklilu, SCR '21; Callie Radecki, PZ ' 22; Hanna Cho and Vivi Kraus, SCR '22; Kaitlyn Chin, SCR '23; Charlotte Meigs and Hannah Lak, SCR '23; Jennifer Bernardez, CMC '22; Brian Luna, CMC '20; Avalon Edwards, PZ '20; Joscelyn Guzman, CGU; Brynn Parkinson, PO '19; Lilly Sterenberg, PZ '20; Isabel Schmidt, PO' 20.
New Student Orientation
EmPOWER works with 7C Student Affairs to create and implement sexual assault and dating violence-related orientation sessions. Sessions help build understanding about consent, prevalence, definitions, policies, resources, and bystander intervention.
Staff & Student Leader Trainings
EmPOWER facilitates trainings for staff and student leaders who most often come in contact with students impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Trainings are provided to Campus Safety, Student Health Services, Monsour Counseling, RAs, Peer Mentors, Student-Athlete Advisory Committees, etc.
Year-round events are implemented in collaboration with on- and off-campus partners. Examples include The Clothesline Project, screenings of the film Tough Guise 2, Art for Healing sessions, and Recycle and Restore collage art sessions.
Workshops ranging from 30 to 90 minutes are offered to small and large groups of students, staff, and faculty. Workshops cover a range of topics including sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, consent, healthy relationships, how to support a survivor, reporting protocols, etc.
Teal Dot Basics Bystander Engagement Trainings
Certificate trainings teach individuals how to identify high-risk situations and to intervene in a safe way to prevent sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
Let's Talk About It: A Conversation Series on Healthy Relationships
EmPOWER collaborates with House of Ruth to host a bi-weekly discussion series on topics related to healthy relationships, including setting boundaries, conflict resolution, hookup culture, and more.
Healthy Masculinity Initiative
The Initiative engages the consortium community in conversations around healthy masculinity and rape culture. Programs include Instagram Live events, workshops for athletic teams and coaches, classroom discussions, etc.
Restorative Yoga Series
EmPOWER hosts a bi-weekly yoga series that focuses on healing and restoration.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Programming
EmPOWER collaborates closely with student organizations, Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, student leaders, campus departments, and community agencies to implement programs in recognition of SAAM. Events include training sessions, film screenings, survivor support workshops, and Take Back the Night.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Collection Drive
In honor of the month, EmPOWER implements a 7C-wide collection drive to benefit survivors of domestic violence.
Collaborations with Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault
EmPOWER collaborates closely with student Advocates groups at Pomona, Scripps, Pitzer, HMC, CMC, and CGU. Collaborations include joint programming and often working together to ensure the best possible support is provided to survivors.