Philosophy

OSAPR's educational infrastructure is grounded in public health theories of behavior change and health communication. 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 interdisciplinary - facilitated through a 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 trauma-informed, equitable, and socially just.

OSAPR's educational philosophy was designed and facilitated by Meera Seshadri, whose public health approach inspired the creation of programs, workshops, and curriculum that work toward attitudinal and behavioral change across the social-ecological model. Explore, educate, and engage

The descriptions found within every level of the social-ecological model detail the risk factors that perpetuate the tolerance and normalization of violence. The individual, relationship, community, and societal level graphics (see below) describe OSAPR's primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention initiatives to address and confront these risk factors and eliminate the threat and experience of harm, violence, and oppression for all people. 

To request an educational program or workshop, please e-mail osapr@fas.harvard.edu