Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

SAPAC Volunteer Training

The SAPAC Volunteer Training program is an intensive 30-hour training that provides in-depth information on issues related to sexual and intimate partner violence.  Volunteer Training is a requirement if you are interested in volunteering with the Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement Program, Networking, Publicity, and Activism Program; or Peer Education Program.

What will be covered?

SAPAC Volunteer Training is an intensive program of 30 hours spread over a two week period.  Volunteer Training will provide participants with in-depth knowledge of issues related to in-depth information on a comphrensive plan to prevent sexual violence, as well as specific skills that will be developed throughout your time volunteering with SAPAC.  We will discuss topics such as:

  • Power and Control
  • Responding to Disclosures, Supporting Survivors
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Consent
  • Bystander Intervention
  • University of Michigan Policy & Procedures on Student Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence
  • And much more!

The curriculum includes general information presentation, mixed media presentation, group discussion, and personal reflection time.  Facilitators will include SAPAC staff, interns, and volunteers as well as community members. 

Who can participate?

SAPAC Volunteer Training is open to all students at the University of Michigan, including undergraduate and graduate students.

What can you do after SAPAC Volunteer Training?

Volunteer Training is required to participate in one of the three student volunteer groups: Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement Program; Networking, Publicity, and Activism Program; or Peer Education Program.  After you participate in Volunteer Training, you can join one of these groups to continue your knowledge and skill development as well as be actively involved in the movement to end sexual and intimate partner violence at the University of Michigan and in the larger community.

Regardless of which volunteer group you join, you will also have a hand in either facilitating or being an evaluation team member for our first-year workshop on healthy relationships, Relationship Remix.


When is the next SAPAC Volunteer Training?

SAPAC Volunteer Training is offered every Winter semester.  The next Volunteer Training will begin on January 24th and conclude on Feburary 5th. Training will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday, January 24th from 5:30-9 PM in the Michigan Union Pendleton Room

Thursday, January 26th from 5:45 - 9 PM in Michigan Union Anderson Room

Sunday, January 29st from 9:45 AM - 5 PM in Michigan League Hussey and Vandenburg Rooms

Tuesday, January 31st from 5:45 - 9 PM in Michigan League Vandenburg Room

Thursday, February 2nd from 5:45 - 8 PM in Michigan Union Anderson Room

Sunday, February 5th from 9:45 AM - 3 PM in Michigan Union Pendleton Room

If you are interested in Volunteer Training, please complete our Ally/Volunteer Application by Wednesday, January 11th. After you apply, you will also receive an email asking for your RSVP to Volunteer Training. You must fill out the application and respond to the RSVP email in order to participate in Volunteer Training!

Other questions?  Feel free to contact the SAPAC office at (734) 764-7771.