What is Step UP! 

Step UP is an interactive workshop on bystander intervention facilitated by our amazing team of University Health Center Peer Educators . The college environment yields many opportunities for both intentional and unintentional dangerous, problematic, or violent behavior. During this hour long workshop participants learn to evaluate challenging situations and determine how to safely intervene using one of the 3D’s (Direct, Distract, and Delegate). Step UP empowers audience members with the awareness skills and tools to help prevent harmful situations from occurring or escalating on our campus.

What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander Intervention is a philosophy and strategy for prevention of various types of violence, including:  bullying, hazing, harassment, sexual assault, relationshipviolence, discrimination, binge-drinking, and mental health concerns.

What is an Active Bystander?

An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to prevent a situation from escalating.

Why is this program required?

Step UP is a University of Maryland campus initiative to discuss bystander intervention and encourage everyone to be active bystanders. Stepping Up takes courage and compassion, any action small or large is meaningful and important. The University of Maryland strives to create a safe and inclusive culture where Terps look out for their peers.  With all new students participating in this training we show that these are the norms and expectations for everyone on our campus starting on day 1.  


Who can I contact for more information?

LaVonne Whitehead, Assistant Coordinator for the CARE to Stop Violence Office coordinates the Step UP, Bystander Intervention Program.  If you have any questions, problems, or concerns, please reach out to her via email at:


How can I get involved? 

The University Health Center’s dynamic team of peer educators deliver the Step UP presentation along with presentations and programs in 4 topic specific areas (Sexual Assault, Sexual Health, Health & Wellness, and Alcohol & other Drugs).We recruit new peers each Spring!

Learn more information about how to apply!