SARC - How We Can Help

For an introduction of 'who' we are, services available and how we can help see our SARC Letter and SARC Syllabus statement.

SARC Trainings

The Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC) offers a number of training opportunities in support of a safe and welcoming campus environment.  We use these training curricula as one of the ways SARC connects with our students.  Faculty have actively supported this ongoing effort by inviting SARC to teach a class--either when the curriculum lends itself to our particular expertise, or when faculty are otherwise unable to meet with their students on a particular day/time. Upon request, we will teach a class for you, in person (depending on social distancing capabilities) or via Zoom. Most trainings are between 50-90 minutes. See the descriptions below for more info.

Would you like to request a training?

Is your organization interested in training from SARC? We offer training across campus to student groups, departments, colleges and other organizations. To request a training, please email SARC at with the following information:

  1. Your name:
  2. Your department/program/office:
  3. Contact's Email:
  4. Class or audience for which the training will be given:
  5. Day and time you would like training:
  6. In-person (classroom?) or via Zoom?
  7. Which training would you like given (see below for current options):
  8. How long of a training would you prefer (50 - 90 minutes):
  9. Any additional comments:

Training Topics Currently Available:

Bystander Intervention: How to Intervene to Stop Sexual Assault

Bystanders are individuals who witness emergencies, criminal events or situations where others may be hurt and have the opportunity to provide assistance, do nothing, or contribute to the negative behavior. Pro-social bystanders are individuals whose behaviors intervene in ways that impact the outcome positively. Through our Bystander Intervention Training, individuals learn practical techniques to successfully intervene when they see others in danger. This training is required for all incoming students so they've probably already been exposed to this content.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at UM

The UM recognizes and celebrates diversity, works toward equity, and prioritizes inclusion. During this training, participants are provided definitions of D, E, and I. Microaggressions, discrimination, and harassment are explained. UM's Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation policy is outlined, which leads into an explanation of the Title IX/Equal Opportunity Office. The training reviews how we can foster a culture of respect at UM by suggesting certain action steps. The training concludes by reviewing various resources for students including safe spaces and supportive services. (80-90 minute training)

Resiliency and Flourishing

Resilience is a way to maintain hope during difficult times and is a skill anyone can learn and strengthen. This dynamic presentation will focus on developing self-compassion and self-awareness to help you recognize your own ability to adapt to life stressors. This  interactive presentation will incorporate answering questions and learning different ways a student can continually engage in student or local organizations within the campus community.

First Responder: How to Respond to Survivors of Sexual Assault, Interpersonal Violence or Discrimination

SARC provides First Responder training to assist staff and students in providing support for people in crisis. This training includes the following information and applied experiences:  active listening skills and barriers; how to support a victim/survivor of sexual assault/domestic violence or discrimination; and what to do when people are contemplating suicide.

Healthy Relationships

While "healthy" relationships are context- and culturally- dependent, there are universal features of healthy relationships. This training discusses various types of relationships and attraction, the universal qualities of healthy relationships, the importance of setting boundaries, consent, and it reviews various examples of red flags, or warning signs, in relationships. The training concludes by reviewing resources for students.

Building Confidence and Social Skills