Each year a variety of programs are offered at Siena to help community members learn how to recognize, report and prevent sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking. For example:
Speak Out and Stand Up: each year our orientation leaders (SAINTS) and our Resident Assistants (RAs) receive Active Bystander training. At Orientation all incoming first year students attend the “Speak Out and Stand Up” Active Bystander Training Program. In small, single-gender groups facilitated by Siena faculty and staff, first year students participate in an interactive session focused on the issues raised in a video entitled “Speak Out and Stand Up: Raising Awareness About Sexual Assault.”
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP): Building on the Active Bystander message delivered at Orientation, the purpose of MVP is to train students to be leaders in the Siena community in helping to create a culture in which violence of any kind is not tolerated. Small groups of students spend 6 sessions training together learning how to be peer leaders in addressing issues like sexual harassment, relationship violence, and alcohol and consent.
Social Norms Initiative: The Social Norms initiative uses existing data to provide students with accurate feedback on the attitudes, behaviors and beliefs of their peers; reduce misperceptions regarding these attitudes, behaviors and beliefs; reduce high-risk behavior; and increase active bystander behavior in the community. Originally focused on alcohol consumption, the social norms initiative has expanded to include active bystander message. You will find examples of the social norms posters throughout this website. For more information about the social norms initiative, visit the website: http://www.siena.edu/pages/3264.asp.
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD): Siena College’s Office of Public Safety offers RAD courses. The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women, which begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense / martial arts tactics. For more information about the RAD program, visit the website: http://www.siena.edu/pages/5079.asp.
Throughout the year, many other educational opportunities are sponsored by Campus Programs, the Office of Residential Life, the Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women, the Siena College Anti-Violence Task Force, and student groups. For more information about educational opportunities at Siena to learn how to recognize, report and prevent sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking, contact Dr. Joy Galarneau, Associate Dean of Students at Siena College.