Step UP! – A Bystander Intervention Program

Step UP! Oglethorpe educates students about how to be proactive in helping others in areas such as sexual violence prevention, alcohol/drug abuse deterrence, anti-bias dialogue and more.


The goals of Step UP! are to:

  1. Raise awareness of helping behaviors
  2. Increase motivation to help
  3. Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns
  4. Ensure the safety and well-being of self and others

The program is led by student advocates who are passionate about teaching their peers how to be leaders in these types of social situations.

Students pass through four steps to be certified as advocates:

  1. Students apply to be a part of the program. (Click here to apply now!)
  2. Students who apply are invited to take part in an initial, hour-long information session that discusses the importance of bystander intervention and general bystander tactics.
  3. Applicants are then asked to select one of two social justice/activism areas: 1) PROMOTION or 2) PEER TRAINER
  4. The Promotion track includes attending committee meetings to create awareness campaigns. Peer Trainers will participate in a train-the-trainer program with the objective of facilitating Step UP! workshops.

How can you help make Oglethorpe a better more inclusive space? We are always looking for new advocates to help raise the bar of awareness regarding various negative social situations.

Apply to be an advocate

Request a Step UP! Advocate

Use the contact information below to request a Step Up! presentation for your group, organization, or office. Presenters can match their message to your needs.


Contact Amy Palder
Associate Dean of Students and Step UP! Coordinator | 404.364.8400