Educational Programs

Penn Violence Prevention collaborates with students and staff across campus to offer a number of comprehensive educational programs focused on relationship violence, sexual violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Presentations, trainings, and workshops can be individualized based on the particular needs of the audience. Campus groups and organizations that plan to host their own programs are encouraged to contact the Penn Violence Prevention staff for consultation and support.


Workshops usually ranging from 1-2 hours can be presented to groups both large and small and can cover a range of topics related to relationship violence, sexual violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. PVP workshops are designed to be interactive and informative and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. Below is an overview of the available workshops. 

  • Who Are You?: Being an Active Bystander (“The PAVE Presentation”)
    Facilitators: PAVE, a co-ed peer education group
    Goal: Focus on the role all students play in speaking up against interpersonal violence and encourage action.
    Duration: 90 minutes
  • Call It What It Is: Addressing Sexual Harassment
    Facilitators: PVP Staff
    Goal: Focus on the role we play in speaking up against sexual harassment and encourage action.
    Duration: 60-120 minutes
  • Men & Masculinities
    Facilitators: PVP Staff & LGBT Center Staff
    Goal: Delve into the concept of masculinity and how it may influence the attitudes that males have about themselves and others. Additionally, what expectations to males experience externally? How does it influence behaviors and more specifically, interpersonal relationships?
    Duration: 60-90 minutes
  • Recognizing and Responding to Interpersonal Violence on Campus: An overview for Penn Staff/Faculty
    Facilitator: PVP Staff
    Goal: Inform Penn staff and faculty of their reporting obligations and campus resources, and discuss how they can best support students impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.
    Duration: 90-120 minutes
  • Overview of Penn Resources
    Facilitators: PVP Staff
    Goal: Understand the offerings of on and off campus resources related to sexual and interpersonal violence.
    Duration: 30 minutes

New Student Orientation (NSO) Programs

Thrive at Penn (TAP)

Thrive at Penn (TAP) is an online program that assists students with their Penn experience. TAP prepares students for their university experience and provides information about resources available to support students. Our module focuses on healthy relationships, consent, policies on interpersonal violence, and resources for students who have experienced interpersonal violence. Other topics covered include thriving at a research university; wellness and health; the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs; and resources specific to your needs during freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years. TAP is sent to all incoming undergraduate and graduate students prior to arriving at Penn.

Speak About It

Speak About It uses theater and performance to empower students to foster healthier relationships and build healthier communities by directly addressing issues of consent, sexual assault prevention, and bystander intervention. Their flagship show is composed of true stories from real students, and shares wisdom from an array of experiences, perspectives, and personal discoveries.

Programs from Our Campus Partners

Self Defense Training

Special Services, a department in the Division of Public Safety, offers free self defense classes for all members of the Penn community and their children. These classes include RAD. For more information, contact Susan Dever, Support Specialist, Department of Special Services at 215.898.4481 or

I CARE Training

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers I CARE, an interactive gatekeeper training for students, faculty, and staff that builds a caring community with the skills and resources to intervene with student stress, distress, and crisis. To learn more about I CARE or to request a training for your Penn group, see the I CARE webpage.