Education and Training

The Office of Gender Equity works with several campus and community partners in our work to prevent and respond to gender-based harassment and violence.  Below are some of the programs we sponsor and support:

Bridges

Online Education and Training for Faculty and Staff
In the 2016.2017 academic year, all Frostburg State University Employees were required to complete Bridges, an online education program that aids faculty and staff in how to recognize, report, and prevent gender-based harassment and violence. The program highlights federal guidelines and mandates under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and it's reauthorization in 2013. Please see our Online Education page for more information.

Escalation

Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Program
The Escalation Workshop is designed to raise awareness about relationship violence, educate students about the warning signs, and advise students on how to help a friend.  The 90-minute program includes a film and guided discussion developed by prevention experts at the One Love Foundation.  The curriculum creates an opportunity for students to speak openly in a safe space about the issue of relationship violence and how it relates to their lives.

Intersections

Online Education and Training for Faculty and Staff
For the 2017.2018 academic year, all full-time Frostburg State University employees and contractual faculty are required to complete Intersections, an online education program that aids in the recognition and prevention of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The program highlights federal guidelines and mandates under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and it's reauthorization in 2013. Please see our Online Education page for more information.

Please review the Intersections Training Memo for more information.

Relating, Dating, and Communicating

Healthy Relationships and Consent Workshop for First-Year Students
With support of a wide-array of volunteers spanning departments and offices across the University, this 60-minute workshop takes a positive, proactive approach to sexual violence prevention by blending sexual health promotion with interpersonal communication skill building. During this workshop, students will develop the confidence and skills necessary to make healthy and safe sexual choices. Through facilitated group discussion, students will reflect on what they want from sexual and dating relationships and learn the language necessary for healthy and satisfying intimate relationships.  This program is primarily facilitated to first-year student audiences through their ORIE 101: Introduction to Higher Education course curriculum.

Student Opposing Abuse and Rape (SOAR)

Healthy Relationship and Masculinity Workshop Series
The SOAR Program is a weekly group workshop series in which students can interact with their peers to process and reflect upon their individual and group experiences with trained facilitators from the Family Crisis Resource Center, Inc. Participation is referral based. The workshops cover such topics as consent, gender roles and gender stereotypes, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and the role of alcohol or other drugs in sexual misconduct.  Each session will discuss a topic relevant to the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence through engaging group discussions and reflective writing assignments. The SOAR Program motivates sustainable and positive behavior changes for students.

Think About It

Online Education and Training for FSU Students
All new and continuing Frostburg State University students are required to complete Think About It, an online educational program that will expose students to topics including state laws, University policies, and the impact of gender-based harassment and violence within a campus community.  Going further, this program also encourages our newest Bobcats to become active bystanders, to help eliminate bias, oppression, and harm from our campus community. Please see our Online Education page for more information.

To request a program, please contact us at titleix@frostburg.edu.