Step Up! Bystander Intervention Program Begins Oct. 6 at UM

October 01, 2015

MISSOULA – Step Up! – a bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others – will begin a three-week series of training sessions at the University of Montana on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

“Step Up! is an exciting new program here at UM,” said Sara Agostinelli, assistant director of Residence Life. “Residence Life was looking for an educational opportunity for our students to take an active role in their communities. We know we have amazing students who care about others, and we want to provide them with the knowledge and skill sets they need in order to help their peers. Step Up! is a program that does that. It helps students know how to help others, and we look forward to using it with our students.”

Hundreds of colleges, universities and organizations are using Step Up! with their students, and UM now has joined the ranks. The Step Up! Be a Leader, Make a Difference program was developed by the University of Arizona C.A.T.S. (Commitment to an Athlete’s Total Success) Life Skills program, along with the NCAA and national experts, to encourage students leading students to live safely and responsibly in their communities.

Students who attend the training will learn information about how to Step Up! when someone else is in need, offer support and call for help. Additionally, students who attend the training and sign a pledge to Step Up! will receive a free T-shirt from Residence Life.

Eleven student leaders from the UM Residence Life office have been trained on Step Up! material and will present the sessions.

“Students are taught the difference between right and wrong, but not always are taught what to do when they see something they know is wrong,” said student trainer and Residence Life Community Development Coordinator Brandi Bruno. “Through Step Up! they are empowered to make a difference through their actions. By going through the Step Up! training, students will learn effective helping skills. After the training students will become better leaders for their communities.”

All students are welcome and encouraged to attend. The full schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Urey Lecture Hall
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Dell Brown Room
  • Thursday, Oct. 8: 7-8 p.m., “Light Up The Night,” UM Oval
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Urey Lecture Hall
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14: 6:30-7:30 p.m., University Center Rooms 330-331
  • Thursday, Oct. 15: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Urey Lecture Hall
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Urey Lecture Hall
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21: 7:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Theater
  • Thursday, Oct. 22: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Urey Lecture Hall

The program is a collaborative effort of UM’s Residence Life Office, the Student Advocacy Resource Center at UM’s Curry Health Center and the Make Your Move intervention initiative. For more information call the UM Residence Life office at 406-243-2611.

Contact: Kelly Magnuson or Sara Agostinelli, UM Residence Life assistant directors, 406-243-2611, or