Blue Hens C.A.R.E.

Program Goal

“Blue Hens CARE and Intervene” is a University of Delaware Student Life initiative. It is an interactive sexual misconduct prevention program that uses the bystander approach to promote communities that embody a culture of CARE, where everyone recognizes they play a role in preventing sexual and relationship violence.

Program Content

Program length: 120 minutes

The student voice is integral to “Blue Hens CARE and Intervene”, which is built upon input from students in our community. The program:

  • Raises awareness about sexual and relationship violence statistics and situations, particularly in a campus setting.
  • Emphasizes that it is everyone’s responsibility to look out for each other. What hurts one Blue Hen hurts us all.
  • Helps students recognize the spectrum of harmful behaviors.
  • Uses the bystander approach, and provides opportunities for participants to apply the C.A.R.E. bystander strategies.
  • Educates students on how to Extend support to someone who has experienced sexual misconduct or have the back of an Active Bystander:
  • Unpacks power dynamics inherent in a variety of bystander intervention situations specific to the UD environment.

Learning Objectives:

Students can advocate for the wellbeing of others

After participating in the “Blue Hens CARE and Intervene” workshop, attendees should be able to:

  1. Recognize two examples of harmful behaviors on the spectrum of sexual and relationship violence.
  2. Describe two bystander intervention strategies.
  3. Discuss one way identity, social position or power can impact bystander intervention.
  4. Develop empathy for survivors of sexual and relationship violence.
  5. Explain one way to support a survivor of sexual misconduct.

Number of Students Attended in Fall 2022

Number of Workshops in Fall 2022

What are the 5 Steps to Being an Active Bystander?

  1. Notice a situation
  2. Recognize it’s not okay
  3. Feel responsible to act
  4. Know how to help
  5. Take action, safely

(adapted from the 5-steps of intervention: Darley & Latane, 1970 and The Bystander Mixtape Toolkit for Campus, 2021)

Apply to be a Bystander Intervention Peer Educator (BIPE)!

The application will go live on Monday, February 6, 2023 and close at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2023. Interviews to be held in April.