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Program Goals & Format

With roots in interactivity, common language, and group exercises, our programs aim to:​

  • Create safe spaces to discuss hate/bias incidences in our challenging social and cultural climate;

  • Provide skills and tactics for safe and effective engagement in social interactions

  • Offer resources and organizing tools for continued advancement of anti-bias work; and

  • Instill a new decision-making paradigm based on one's own skills rather than relying on instinct. 

Going Beyond Our Sessions

Bystander to Upstander Toolkits extend the program to the entire workforce through a peer-delivered methodology through interactive materials and resources. Our virtual kits include group activities, engagement resources, educational links, and online community forums. The toolkit is continually refreshed and responsive to participant needs and inquiries.


Kylie Bartz

Education & Communication Specialist

What is Bystander to Upstander?
Bystander to Upstander sessions are participatory, scenario-based workshops that provide opportunities for individuals to learn about and practice responses to incidents they might encounter in business, on campus, and in their daily lives.  Unlike traditional diversity training, these activity-based workshops focus on real-time interventions.

“Thousands of times I've been in situations where I did not know how to respond to someone else's prejudicial behavior, this class helped me do that.”

    -  Alexander Weisser; Pi Lambda Phi

“I would recommend this training to anyone. Race stereotypes and discriminating comments and bias occur all over. Now I will be able to identify situations and be able to step in and help.“

    -  Austin Orvis, Augustana University

“I can directly apply these enhanced skills that I have gained in my day to day communications with diverse groups to achieve the good for all.“

    -  Sumadhuri Pamarthi; Ph.D Candidate Health &             Nutritional Sciences