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, and stalking. 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 Director of Sexual Violence Prevention & Education 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, and stalking. 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. Request one here.

  • 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
  • Build a Safer Community: Be An Active Bystander
    Facilitators: Men Against Rape & Sexual Assault (MARS), an all male peer education group focused on sexual violence prevention
    Goal: Encourage students to think about they ways they can eliminate sexual violence and rape culture on campus. To request this presentation, please email Sam Summer:
    Duration: 60-90 minutes
  • Call It What It Is: Recognizing and Responding to Interpersonal Violence
    Facilitators: PVP Staff
    Goal: Introduce students to the dynamics of sexual and relationship violence through interactive activities and discussion.
    Duration: 60-120 minutes
  • Men & Masculinities
    Facilitators: Malik Washington (PVP 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: Jessica Mertz, Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education
    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 Policies and Resources
    Facilitators: PVP Staff
    Goal: Educate students about the Penn policies and resources related to sexual and relationship violence.
    Duration: 15-30 minutes


The Student Anti-Violence Advocate (SAVA) training is an interactive 6-hour training that educates students about the prevalence and impact of sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking. It provides them with the skills to recognize and respond to interpersonal violence if they, or a friend, experiences it and prepares them to be an active bystander combating violence on campus.

The SAVA training is offered once a semester and is open to all Penn students, graduate and undergraduate. Registration is required and spots are limited. For more info, contact Malik Washington at, 215.746.2645.

The next SAVA training will be offered April 2018.


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.

Programs from our Campus Partners


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 and SAFE Training. For more information, contact Susan Dever, Support Specialist, Department of Special Services at 215.898.4481 or