Prevention, Engagement, and Outreach

OSAPR Workshops 

OSAPR workshops can have many different forms, content areas, and styles of facilitation. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and communicating about gender equity, violence prevention, and trauma.  Workshops include:

  • How to Support a Friend:
    • This workshop identifies best practices for supporting people who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.  An engaging and interactive workshop, participants leave with a toolkit of strategies to use in all sorts of interactions as well as some ideas for how to create community spaces that are welcoming.
    • 90 minutes.


  • Reading Discomfort and Strategies for Intervening (Bystander Intervention):
    • This workshop supports participants in identifying the social cues that may indicate disinterest in a situation, exploring the impact of individual social-ecologies on the encoding and decoding of those cues, and developing context-specific strategies for intervening in situations that may require intervention.  Examples of these context-specific spaces may include: travel-abroad settings, party spaces, group projects, and many more.
    • 90-120 minutes.


  • Reframing Relationships:
    • This workshop supports participants as they explore relationships outside of binary understandings.  Through engagement with a new framework for thinking about relational health, participants will leave with language and skills to identify their satisfaction, mutuality, and supportedness in their relationships.  Participants will also explore tools for communicating their wants, needs, and non-negotiables.
    •  90-120 minutes.


  • Responding with CARE:
    • This workshop provides participants with the skills and frameworks to respond to a disclosure of interpersonal harm.  Participants will learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the impact of trauma, and a best-practice framework to use when supporting someone who has experienced harm in their role as a Responsible Employee.
    • 60-90 minutes.


  • Trauma-Aware Spaces:
    • This workshop supports participants as they explore best practices for creating spaces in which people who have experienced adversity can thrive.  Participants will leave the workshop with concrete strategies grounded in a theoretical framework that is tailored to their specific domain.
    • 90-120 minutes.


  • Trope Talks / Media Literacy 
    • Media Jeopardy--In traditional jeopardy style, teams come together for this interactive and engaging discussion on media’s portrayal of sex, relationships, and culture. Participants can flex their knowledge of pop culture while building critical analysis about how media creates and replicates healthy and unhealthy interpersonal and systemic practices.
    • Workshop--Invite OSAPR for a structured conversation about how media impacts our sense of belonging, behavior, and beliefs about interpersonal relationships.  We'll talk about what media literacy is and dissect selected clips from pop culture.
    • Movie Night--Come check out the OSAPR space or invite us to your space to watch a movie and discuss. OSAPR will bring snacks, good company, and thought-provoking questions. 

In addition to offering single-session  workshops to Harvard community members, OSAPR staff works closely with numerous groups across campus to help them identify and establish equitable intra-group dynamics and relational practices. 


Become a Peer Educator yourself! 

If you are a registered Harvard College student and passionate about social justice, gender equity, and interpersonal violence prevention, we would love for you to join CARE!  

The Consent Advocates and Relationship Educator (CARE) peer education group serves as a liaison between OSAPR and the Harvard College community. CARE Peer Educators facilitate the ‘consent’ workshops during Opening Days, collaborate with OSAPR staff on Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) events, in particular Harvard Wears Denim, and facilitate additional workshops to their peers during the semester. In collaboration with the CARE Student Directors, CARE Peer Educators are recruited, trained, and supervised by OSAPR.  

CARE's recruit new members every year during the fall semester for training during the spring semester. Visit this website at the beginning of November to submit your application! 


OSAPR Educational Philosophy

OSAPR's educational programming is interdisciplinary in nature and approach, built upon foundations from the fields of Public Health, Mental Health, and Education.  All educational initiatives are rooted in the Social Ecological Model.  Every individual's normative attitudes and beliefs surrounding gender, consent, and sexuality are shaped and influenced by the messages they receive at the individual, relational, community, institutional, and societal levels. The education and prevention programs that OSAPR provides are rooted in this holistic and comprehensive approach to confronting harm and violence.  

Our educational services are facilitated through a relational, strengths-based model that honors the history of the violence prevention movement and centers intersectionality. The ultimate goal is to ensure consistent messaging across the social-ecological model, promoting and sustaining interpersonal interactions, community norms, institutional policies, and legislative frameworks that are more transparent, mutual, equitable, and socially just.