SPEAC is a social justice-oriented, student-led peer educator program dedicated to the primary prevention of sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence. SPEAC aims to advocate with and alongside survivors, inspire action within the UA student community, and challenge the culture and social structures that perpetuate sexual and relationship violence. SPEAC aims to emphasize the importance of intersectionality and the voices of oppressed communities. It is SPEAC's mission to make the UA campus a safer place for all.
SPEAC is a student-run and student-centered peer education program. We are one of the few sexual assault prevention efforts on campus.
We work with many organizations across campus to facilitate conversation about sexual violence prevention. These organizations have included Fraternity and Sorority Programs, Residence Hall Association, ROTC, ASUA, student resource centers, as well as different classes and clubs.
We work to center the experiences of oppressed communities and understand that due to the intersections of these communities, sexual violence impacts not only every community, but every individual differently.
We aim to educate students about the full spectrum of sexual violence, and empower them with the skill set they need to change this culture.
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Applications for Spring 2019 peer educators are now closed. For information about future opportunities, please contact Thea Cola (email@example.com).
The SPEAC interns facilitate six 60-90 minute presentations; details on each presentation can be found below:
Transforming Wildcat Culture
Whether your ideal party is a small gathering of 10 people playing board games or a huge pool party with hundreds of people, there are things you can do to make party environments at the University of Arizona safer and more preventative of sexual violence. Transforming Wildcat Culture empowers you with tools and insights to transform rape culture into consent culture in party environments at U of A. 60 minutes.
Consent 101: An Introduction to Consent
This in-depth workshop helps participants understand the nuances of consent while also understanding the U of A definition of affirmative consent. The workshop takes up difficult topics like power and consent, alcohol and consent, and more, and helps dispel the myth that consent involves lots of “grey area.” 60-90 minutes.
Transforming Rape Culture: Understanding Power & Patriarchy
This presentation covers the topic of Rape Culture. It delves deeper into what rape culture is and what contributes to rape culture, including things such as sexual objectification, sexual coercion, power and privilege and the spectrum of sexual violence. This presentation is recommended for student groups or organizations that are interested in creating tangible goals to disrupt rape culture. 60-90 minutes.
The Breakdown: Sexual Violence Policies and Procedures at the U of A and Beyond
The Breakdown encourages participants to delve deeply into their own understanding of policies and procedures for addressing sexual violence before covering university Title IX policies and investigation procedures. It also addresses the difference between the university system and the criminal system, an area often misunderstood in popular discourse. This presentation is recommended for student groups or organizations that would like to know how to help their fellow students navigate university procedure. 60-90 minutes.
We are the Solution We Need: Bystander Intervention
This workshop delves into what it takes to effectively act as an UPstander rather than a bystander to prevent sexual violence. The workshop focuses more on the transformation of environments that are rape supportive, as they are more common than moments of interrupting acts of sexual violence. The workshop also covers considerations of implicit bias, as empowering a student body to “interrupt” when one feels uncomfortable can play out in ways that disproportionately target men of Color on campuses. This presentation is recommended for student groups or organizations that would like tangible steps on how to address sexual violence in interpersonal or group settings. 60-90 minutes.
Creepy or Cute: Building Healthier Relationships
This interactive presentation addresses healthy relationships and what to do if you or someone you know may be in an unhealthy relationship. This is an interactive presentation and is recommended for student groups or organizations that would like to have an event to facilitate discussion on healthy relationships. 60 minutes.
If you would like to request a presentation for your student group or organization, please fill out the SPEAC Presentation Request form here.
For more information about SPEAC, please contact Thea Cola at firstname.lastname@example.org.