U-Idaho Has Your Back at the Inaugural Katy Benoit Safety Forum

Friday, September 14 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho — Reinforcing the concept of Vandals taking care of each other, the University of Idaho will kick off the “I Got Your Back” campaign during the inaugural Katy Benoit Safety Forum on Sept. 19.

The campaign and forum will be followed by several safety-related activities that will be held through Sept. 27. All will be aimed at raising student awareness of high-risk behaviors and situations, providing practical intervention strategies, and identifying and publicizing a host of available resources and responses.

“The forum, which will become an annual fall event, will focus on improving campus safety by urging students to help other students who may be in distress or danger,” said Bruce Pitman, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students.

The Katy Benoit Safety Forum event will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at in the SUB Ballroom. Featured will be guest speaker Tyson Wooters -- whose presentation will focus on illuminating the power of being a part of something much larger than oneself. He strives to teach and inspire students to be positive forces and to use their skills to take care of each other.

In tandem, the university will launch the “I’ve Got Your Back” safety awareness campaign, which extends the messages encouraging Vandals to watch out for one another.

The campaign will highlight students, staff and faculty who stepped up in difficult situations to take care of friends, classmates, teammates and fellow Vandals.

“On this campus, we recognize the unique role that students can play in campus health and safety, and the health and safety of their peers,” said Pitman. “We want to support their efforts with additional training and resources.”

Prior to the forum, a Campus Conversation: Bystander Intervention session will occur Sept. 19 at noon in the Commons.

On Sept. 20, alcohol screenings and information will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Commons, a LGBTQA student health and safety discussion will occur at 12:30 p.m. in TLC 229 and healthy relationships, presented by the Got Sex? program, will occur at 5:30 p.m. in room 109 in the Memorial Gym.

On Sept. 21 and Sept. 25, students, staff and faculty will be able to update their Vandal Alert information at a table in the Idaho Commons from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

There will be a self-defense workshop on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

On Sept. 26, a Stop the Hate Workshop will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Attendees must RSVP for the event at 208-885-6716. There will also be a Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training at 3:30 p.m. in the Idaho Commons Horizon room.

The week wraps up on Sept. 27 with the Take Back the Night event at 8 p.m. in the Agricultural Science auditorium.

The “I Got Your Back” theme is modeled after the “Step Up!” Program created by the NCAA and the University of Arizona.
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