Bystander to Upstander Sessions are participatory scenario-based sessions 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. The sessions include general instruction in courageous listening and observing, as well as culturally-specific insights and role-playing exercises with tips and tactics for de-escalation, respectful intervention, and accountability.  



  1. Creating safe spaces to discuss hate/biases incidences in our challenging social and cultural climate;

  2. Providing skills and tactics for safe and  effective engagement in social interactions; and 

  3. Offering resources and organizing tools for continued advancement of anti-bias work. 

Bystander to Upstander Toolkits are comprised of interactive materials and resources to extend the program to the entire workforce through a peer-delivered methodology. These virtual repositories consist of group activities, engagement resources, educational links, and access to an online community. The toolkit is continual refreshed and responsive to participant needs and inquiries.  


Bystander to Upstander sessions have two core processes:  

  1. establishing common language and tactics, and 

  2. running scenarios based on real-life interactions. 

Group exercises:

We provide opportunities for individuals to work through incidents with peer coaching and continual dialogue, building a repertoire of responses. Most critically, this methodology instills a new decision-making paradigm, where a trained individual can no longer rely on simple instinct, but must choose whether or not to intervene knowing that they have the skills to act effectively. Scenario cards, response tip cards, and professional assistance are provided in these authentic skill-building sessions. 

Handouts & Materials: 

Training participants receive instructional materials and scenario kits. Session participants leave with tactical guides they can reference at work and in community, supported by their newly-developed understanding of the impact of bias and prejudice on workplace culture. 



An Effort of Collaboration:

The Diversity Council is a catalyst and convener, creating environments that allow every person the opportunity to reach their full potential.  In  our  work  we  transform  organizations,  empower  adults  and  youth  to  act  as change makers, equip and mobilize nontraditional leaders, and galvanize equity work in the regions we serve. 

The Diversity Council concentrates its efforts in three areas: civic equity, health equity, and educational equity. All of our work is grounded in current research and theory as well as best practices in our field. Thirty years of experience and a reputation for excellence have established us one of Minnesota’s leaders in diversity and equity. The world is changing. We are building a spirit of equity at the heart of that transformation. 


The Elimination of Prejudice Foundation is the official philanthropy of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, founded in 1895 as the first fraternal order open to all men without regard to race, religion, or creed. The EOP movement is active on over 40 college campuses across the U.S. and Canada with support from nearly 1,800 students and volunteers, and with over 95,000 Twitter followers.  

Although EOP has grown and changed with the times, the mission remains the same. It continues to serve as a tribute to people of all walks of life who advocate a better understanding between people. It fosters timeless principles to inform, educate, and inspire people from diverse backgrounds by presenting programs and providing opportunities for dialogue. EOP has evolved to include the modern enhancements of internet and social media as means to increase discussion of sensitive topics. From video and essay contests, youth-based educational programs and retreats to the fundraising activities that support these endeavors, the ways to encourage people to talk about sensitive topics are endless. By providing varied platforms the EOP continues to move toward its dream: the elimination of prejudice. 


Most significantly, participants feel empowered to act because of the practical skills and personal awareness that come from examining interactions through a new lens. Individuals who have gone through the sessions feel the change keenly, and while not all are ready to act, all acknowledge the ability to do so. 

“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; 

"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 


"The training had the perfect balance between content and activities. I was invested for all topics and discussions." 


“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  


“This is an excellent, very practical training to equip all of us to be a part of creating a more compassionate and safe community.” –Laura Smith-Hill, LSS Center for New Americans

All training materials are the intellectual property of the Diversity Council and Elimination of Prejudice Foundation. 

We tailor our training to the needs of your organization, whether it's healthcare, retail, service industry, public service and more, we can relate to your specific field of business.
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