“We ask others to be mirrors for ourselves at our most vulnerable places...to be intentional in the present moment, to take responsibility for your state of being and for your life”
― adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
What is SAPE’s mission?
To be a collectively accountable and mutually supportive community of Brown University students who are grounded in intersectional feminism and dedicated to shaping campus culture around sexual, relationship, and gender-based harm. We provide preventative education for our peer communities to actively engage in consent, intervention, survivor support and community healing.
What does SAPE do?
Working with BWell Health Promotion, SAPE provides an opportunity for students to play a meaningful role in moving Brown towards a culture of consent. SAPE members do outreach work on campus, facilitate workshops with student groups, create and deliver content meant to raise awareness, prevent harm and support survivors at Brown, and participate in a supportive, accountable, and values-driven community.
What does SAPE teach?
Our curriculum was designed for Brown through the collaboration of students and staff members in BWell Health Promotion. The curriculum focuses on:
- the foundational elements of consent and barriers to consent
- systems of oppression and how they relate to sexual and gender-based harm
- skills to intervene, challenge harmful norms, and talk to others about their behaviors
- how to support those who have experienced harm
- how to create community-based plans for care, action, and change
How do I request a workshop?
What are the requirements to apply?
While facilitation experience and/or previous knowledge about sexual, relationship, and gender-based violence are beneficial, there are not prerequisites for joining or working with SAPE. We will consider all applicants and offer training and support to build the necessary knowledge base and skill set to do this work effectively. ***There are many communities whose voices have been historically left out of violence prevention spaces and conversations (e.g. people with disabilities, people of color (POC), native folks, and people who identify as LGBTQIA+). We seek to center the voices of those most minoritized, targeted, and impacted by sexual, relationship, and gender-based violence.***
Safety, Care & Accountability
Safety, self-and-community care, and accountability are major aspects of this program. Because this is a difficult topic to work on, we will support you to balance taking care of yourself, caring for others, and being accountable to your communities.
When does the group meet?
The group meets bi-weekly for all-SAPE meetings and Coordinators meet weekly for team meetings. Community-building events, community learning sessions, and professional development opportunities occur regularly throughout the year.
How do I join?
SAPE volunteers are a crucial part of this community and engage in outreach, workshops, and other sexual violence prevention education efforts on campus. We conduct our annual recruitment and selection process for volunteers in the Spring semester, led by a Selection committee of current SAPE members. Please check back in Spring for a link to apply. We will be looking for a diverse group of people to serve as members including those willing to take a critical lens to the work and examine the impacts of Whiteness and White Feminism on sexual violence as well as violence prevention and response efforts.
Where can I learn more?
Thank you so much!