Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

SAPAC Volunteer Training

The SAPAC Volunteer Training program is an intensive 21-hour training that provides in-depth information on issues related to sexual violence prevention.  Volunteer Training is a requirement if you are interested in volunteering with the Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement ProgramConsent, Outreach, & Relationship Education Program; or Survivor Empowerment and Ally Support Program.

What will be covered?

SAPAC Volunteer Training is an intensive program of 20 hours spread over a two week period.  Volunteer Training will provide participants with pertinent information they can utilize to be effective SAPAC volunteers on campus. Training will provide a framework for how one's role as a volunteer in one's volunteer program fits into the larger University's comprehensive plan (primary, secondary, tertiary) to prevent sexual violence.This training provides a foundation for volunteers to develop their skills throughout their 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
  • Community Building
  • Self-care
  • 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 currently enrolled students at the University of Michigan, including undergraduate and graduate students. To be able to volunteer with SAPAC, we require at least a two (2) semester commitment (Winter and Fall).

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; or Consent, Outreach, & Relationship Education Program.; or Survivor Empowerment and Ally Support 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 prevent violence at the University of Michigan.

Regardless of which volunteer group you join, you will also have the opportunity to apply to facilitate and/or evaluate for our first-year workshop on healthy relationships, Relationship Remix, and our bystander intervention program for local bars, Raise The Bar.

Volunteers attend weekly volunteer program meetings during the academic year, participate in primary (CORE), secondary (BICE), or tertiary (SEAS) sexual violence prevention via educational programming such as tabling, events, and workshops. Current volunteers are required to attend additional day long training for their continuing education once a year (years following entering SAPAC as a volunteer).

When is the next SAPAC Volunteer Training?

The next Volunteer Training will be in the Winter 2020 semester on the following dates:

Wednesday 1/22 5:45 - 8:50 PM

Sunday 1/26 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM

Wednesday 1/29 5:45 - 8:50 PM

Sunday 2/2 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM

Wednesday 2/5 5:45 - 9:00 PM

You can fill out the Volunteer Application to be contacted for our Winter 2020 Volunteer Training. The deadline to apply is 11:59PM 1/12/2020.

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


Can I get involved before Volunteer Training? 

If you are interested in learning about SAPAC events and opportunities before Volunteer Training, you can email and request that you be added to our supporters listserv, where you'll receive early information about SAPAC campus events and opportunities.