Education and Outreach Initiatives at the EmPOWER Center
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.
The EmPOWER Center works collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, and community partners to build awareness and sensitivity and provide educational programs to the 7C community around healthy relationships, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, bystander intervention, and healthy masculinity. Below is a list of educational and outreach initiatives currently being offered through the EmPOWER Center.
Teal Dot Bystander Engagement Trainings are 3-hour long certificate programs that teach individuals how to identify high risk situations and equip them to intervene in a safe way to prevent sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. A teal dot is any behavior, choice, or action that promotes safety for everyone and communicates intolerance for sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. This is a 7C initiative implemented by the Teal Dot Committee, which includes representatives from each campus and The Claremont Colleges Services.
To request a Teal Dot training for your student organization, team, department, or other campus-affiliated group, please fill out our online request form: https://forms.gle/3duk2XNkoizyobWv9
To learn more and see the schedule of upcoming trainings, please visit Teal Dot on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tealdot/
Healthy Masculinity Initiative (HMI)
The Initiative aims to engage male identifying students in programming and discussions around healthy masculinity, rape culture, consent, and bystander intervention. The Initiative is a collaboration between 5C student affairs, the EmPOWER Center, Office of Black Student Affairs, Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College, and Pitzer Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault. HMI committee members host Masculinity Mondays, an afternoon discussion series held twice per month at EmPOWER. For more information on dates and topics for each session, please visit the EmPOWER Facebook page or email RShahEmPOWER@claremont.edu.
New Student Orientation
In addition to collaborating with 5C Title IX Coordinators for the Title IX sessions during orientation, EmPOWER works with HEO and 5C Student Affairs representatives to help create additional sexual assault and dating violence related sessions during orientation. Sessions help build understanding around consent, prevalence, definitions, policies, available resources, bystander intervention, and rape culture. If you have any comments or feedback that you would like to share, please contact Rima Shah, Director, EmPOWER Center at RShahEmPOWER@claremont.edu.
Staff & Student Leader Trainings
EmPOWER collaborates closely with 7C Title IX Coordinators, Teal Dot trainers, and other on- and off-campus partners to facilitate or support trainings for staff and student leaders who most often come in contact with students impacted by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Within the last year trainings have been provided to Campus Safety staff, Student Health Services staff, Monsour Counseling staff, Student Disability Resource Center staff, Health Education Outreach staff, RAs, Peer Mentors, and other student leaders and athletes. Trainings build understanding around sexual violence, consent, dating/domestic violence, stalking, bystander intervention, how to support survivors, reporting protocols, on- and off-campus resources, and policies.
Consortium-Wide Workshops for Students, Staff, and Faculty
Workshops ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours are offered to small or large groups of students, staff, and faculty. Facilitators may be from EmPOWER and/or one of our community partners. Workshops cover a range of topics including sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, consent, healthy relationships, bystander intervention (more details above), how to support a survivor, reporting protocols, healthy masculinity, rape culture, etc. Workshops can be tailored to meet the particular needs of the audience. To request a workshop, please contact Rima Shah, Director, EmPOWER Center at RShahEmPOWER@claremont.edu.
Year-round events around issues related to sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking are implemented in close collaboration with numerous on- and off-campus partners. Events are participatory in nature and are offered across the consortium, including in residence halls. Some collaborative events from last year include Take Back the Night, The Clothesline Project, One Billion Rising, and the Tough Guise 2 Film Screening. If you are interested in collaborating with us for an event, please contact Rima Shah, Director, EmPOWER Center at RShahEmPOWER@cuc.claremont.edu.
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, an all-Advocates team building session once a semester, and often working together to ensure the best possible support is provided to students impacted by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
EmPOWER Center Student Advisory Board (SAB)
SAB assists and informs the work of the EmPOWER Center. It includes students from each of the 7Cs. To become a SAB member, students must hold a student leadership position and have experience with sexual or relationship violence prevention or support. SAB meets once a semester to discuss ideas, share information about upcoming programs, discuss concerns, and collaborate on initiatives. If you are interested in becoming a member of SAB, please contact Rima Shah, Director, EmPOWER Center at RShahEmPOWER@claremont.edu.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Programming
The month of April is designated as SAAM in the U.S. to raise awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on prevention efforts. EmPOWER collaborates closely with student organizations, 7C Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, student leaders, campus departments, and community agencies to implement educational and support programs in recognition of the month. Events include training sessions, spoken word events, panel discussions, self-defense classes, bystander intervention workshops, film screenings, and more. The events build understanding on the prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses, consent, rape culture, healthy relationships, resources available on- and off-campus, as well as how to effectively respond to and support a survivor. Events target students, staff, and faculty. If you would like to collaborate for an event for SAAM, please contact Rima Shah, Director, EmPOWER Center at RShahEmPOWER@claremont.edu.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Halloween Collection Drive
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, EmPOWER implements a 7C-wide collection drive of gently used Halloween costumes and candy. Collections are donated through House of Ruth to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence. House of Ruth is a community partner that provides life-saving services through a shelter home and non-residential support.
Host the EmPOWER Center in your Residence Hall
EmPOWER offers interactive, small-group discussions at 7C residence halls and apartments to bring healthy relationships and healthy sexuality skill-building directly into the communities where students live and learn. In 2018-2019, the EmPOWER Center is offering Residential Life talks on the topic of Hookup Culture and Gender Roles to bust myths about casual sex and party culture and to build skills for respectful, consensual and safe dating and hookups while in college. Interested Residential or Community Assistants (RAs/CAs) should e-mail Lauren Lockwood, OVW Grant Project Coordinator, EmPOWER Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title IX Coordinators Working Group
The Director and OVW Grant Project Coordinator of EmPOWER are part of the fortnightly 7C Title IX Coordinators Working Group meetings where they participate in Title IX related discussions and share updates.