Katy Benoit Campus Safety Awareness Month
University of Idaho is dedicated to providing a welcoming, safe and comfortable campus environment to all community members. Join us in our efforts to promote campus safety.
Multiple campus entities partner to host safety-oriented events around campus throughout the month of September, with a focus on the importance of taking care of our fellow members of the Vandal Family.
How do Vandals take care of Vandals?
Students play a unique role in promoting campus health and safety for themselves and their peers. U of I supports and promotes these efforts with training and resources. From Vandal Green Dot to Connecting U & I, there are many options for students and employees to learn how they can take a stand, look out for each other and celebrate the fact that, at U of I, we care about each other.
Make aromatherapy rollers and set good intentions for the semester from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, at the Women’s Center (Memorial Gym, 109).
Meet campus and community partners and student organizations promoting safety on campus on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the ISUB Plaza. Get some swag and learn about all the ways U of I has your back!
We invite employees across U of I campus and centers to join us for a virtual Green Dot Overview from 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12.
The Green Dot Overview for employees introduces the basic elements of Green Dot, focusing specifically on the vital role university employees play in establishing and reinforcing campus culture. This virtual workshop will be interactive and action-oriented.
Screenings are an important tool to check in with your substance use and mental health and get connected to help earlier. Drop by Vandal Health Education’s table from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the ISUB to check in, meet a CMHC clinician, learn more about the CMHC and get a slice of pizza!
As part of the Katy Benoit Campus Safety Month, University of Idaho Women’s Center will partner with the Violence Prevention Programs and other campus entities to host Take Back the Night — an event to spread awareness of interpersonal violence on campus and to show support for those affected by it. Join us for this event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in Ag Sci 106.
Join the Dean of Students Office, Vandal Health Education and the Theater Arts Department for this play in recognition of World Suicide Awareness Week at 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 or 2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Life is full of momentous events, highs and lows, triumphs and losses, but rarely has such a broad range of universal emotions been captured so lovingly and humorously in such a brilliant, tiny package. This life-affirming play will make you grin from ear to ear, move you to laughter and at times bring you to tears. By the end, you will want to hug your neighbors, call your loved ones and then put on your favorite piece of music and recount all your blessings. Starring Craig A. Miller from U of I Department of Theatre.
Question and answer session by U of I’s Dean of Students Office, Counseling and Mental Health Center and Vandal Health Education after the show.
Tickets are free with a reservation.
Join us for the Katy Benoit Campus Safety Forum Keynote, Stalking Demystified, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the International Ballroom.
Our keynote address will feature Jennifer Landhuis, from the Stalking Prevention, Awareness and Resource Center (SPARC).
Join us for this employee training led by Jennifer Landhuis, the Director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness and Resource Center (SPARC).
Training will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in person and online.
Join us for Personal Safety Training at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 in the Vandal ballroom.
This training is being hosted by Barb Jordan, from Always Be Vigilant. In this training, Barb will provide information about awareness and indicators of violent behavior, actions you can take to mitigate risk, the importance of intuition and body language/self-defense techniques. This training is open to all employees, students and community members.
The "Responding to Disclosures of Interpersonal Violence" training is a 90-minute session that focuses on handling disclosures of interpersonal violence from students.
University of Idaho employees and students are invited to attend this online training on from 1:30-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.
The Lauren McCluskey Foundation and University of Idaho Violence Prevention Programs have partnered to offer a free self-defense class to U of I students as a part of Campus Safety Month activities. The class, taught by certified SASS GO self-defense trainer, Mesa Weidle, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. Female-identified students are encouraged to attend and learn basic self-defense techniques. Registration Required.
Meet the Dean of Students at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in the ASUI Vandal Lounge for a walk around campus to identify safety concerns.
Join us for a Green Dot Bystander Intervention Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in J.A. Albertson, Room 101.
This interactive workshop is designed to equip participants with the necessary connections, knowledge and skills to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. This workshop equips participants to take immediate action within their role in the campus community by connecting them to the impact they can have on the lives of others.
Additional Safety Month Events
The week coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, a global event that is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). World Suicide Prevention Day began in 2003 with the purpose to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. Events throughout the week focus on the ideas of "There is hope. There is help.", "We Got Your Back", and "Vandals Helping Vandals".
Learn about prevention, take part in a training, participate in the annual Suicide Awareness 5k and more throughout the week.
Annually, during the third week of September, the Fraternity and Sorority Life community recognizes National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW).
NHPW is an opportunity to educate students, parents, teachers, coaches, administrators, employees, athletic directors, band and performing arts members and directors, residence hall leadership, student government leaders, community members, local and campus police and others to not just recognize hazing but to learn ways they can prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Please see the events calendar for more details on the events planned for each day.
Take Back the Night
Rally and march designed to bring awareness of interpersonal violence in our community and to spread the message that we do not tolerate violence on our campus.