Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

In addition to our graduate student internship programs, SAPAC also offers paid graduate student staff positions to support some of our additional programming. Some of these positions may be currently occupied, please email sapac@umich.edu if you have any questions or inquiries you may have and we will be glad to assist.  

 

Raise the Bar Program Coordinator:

As a part of Student Life collaboration between the University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC), University Health Services (UHS), and the Ann Arbor Campus and Community Coalition (A2C3), this position of Raise the Bar Program Coordinator is available to a graduate student enrolled in public health, social work, education, or another relevant field. The individual in this role will support the operations of this initiative, Raise the Bar, a bystander intervention program for local bar establishments and local transportation services in Ann Arbor.

The mission of Raise The Bar is to decrease the incidences of sexual and gender-based violence among University students within the Ann Arbor community. The program works with local bars and transportation services to provide tailored workshops on the subject of sexual assault and bystander intervention.

The objectives of the Raise the Bar program include increasing bar staff and ridesharing drivers’ understanding of the scope and causes of unwanted sexual aggression, as well as the recognition of inappropriate behavior along the continuum of sexual and relationship violence. The RTB Program Coordinator provides bar staff and ridesharing drivers with the skills needed to respond to such behavior safely and appropriately, and will share with bar and ridesharing staff safety messages that encourage respect and lets their customers know that they are available for assistance. 

The Program Coordinator is supervised by Heather Colohan, LMSW, SAPAC Program Manager for Community Outreach & Systems Advocacy.


 

Engendering Respectful Communities (ERC) Graduate Student Lead:

*This program will be on hiatus for Fall 2020 due to COVID-19. 

Engendering Respectful Communities (ERC) is a one session dynamic workshop developed by University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School and various offices in Student Life (SAPAC, Spectrum Center, the Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR) and U-M Educational Theatre Company (ETC), that combines multiple instructional tools to engage graduate students in meaningful dialogue about the various forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination that they may encounter. A major goal of the workshop is to address the complexities faced by graduate students as they learn how to create respectful communities, learn how to support their peers, and to engage in bystander intervention, with the aim of increasing awareness of barriers and encouraging strategizing to overcome them. Further, through ERC, students are introduced to on- and off-campus resources and, ideally, gain more knowledge of how sexual misconduct unfolds in relevant settings.