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Educational Programming

The Office of Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) offers a wide variety of educational programs for students, faculty and staff. Here you can find an overview of our programs. Programming can be provided by a staff member, graduate intern, or the Health Education Action Team. To request a program, use the form at the bottom of this page.

Health Education Action Team (HEAT)

​​​​​The Health Education Action Team (HEAT) is a team of peer health educators that provide peer-to-peer health and wellness education  for students.  HEAT serves students through educational workshops and providing students with health and wellness resources on a variety of topics, including:
  • ​Sexual health
  • Healthy relationships
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Stress management
  • Mental and emotional wellness
  • Bystander intervention
The HEAT team can speak at workshops and trainings as well as classes and student organization meetings.  They are present for passive programming at a number of on-campus activities or can be sought out in the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness, Lincoln Park Student Center Suite 302.

Bystander Intervention

What is a Bystander?
  • A bystander is someone present but not taking part in a situation or event. Even if the situation or even appears to be problematic, a bystander may not intervene because they may not know how to, may think others will act, or may be afraid to intervene. 
What is a Bystander Intervention Workshop?
  • Bystander Intervention workshops offered by HPW teach potential bystanders safe and positive ways they can act to prevent or intervene when they encounter a problematic situation, or if there is a potential for the situation to become problematic. Workshops equip members of the DePaul community with the awareness, skills, and ability to challenge social norms that perpetuate sexual violence and encourage unhealthy behaviors. Participants not only learn to make observations and recognize warning behaviors that may r​equire intervention, but they also learn the appropriate skills to intervene safely and effectively, in both direct and indirect ways. 

The Vinny Vow

  • The Vinny Vow: A Bystander Intervention Training is a 3-hour workshop that empowers and equips participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively assist in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. To join the Vinny Vow Movement email the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at

    The Vinny Vow was recently featured in this episode of Good Day Depaul.

Faculty and Staff

​​YWCA Certificate Training for Staff and Faculty

​​HPW coordinates the YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Certificate Training program at DePaul. This certificate program includes education about survivor care, counseling skills, debunking rape mythology, rape culture, rape trauma syndrome, hospital procedures for completing a rape kit, police and legal procedures for responding to sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, child sexual abuse, elder and people with disabilities abuse, and sexual violence in the LGBTQ community. Participant​s who complete this training are Certified Rape Crisis Workers as designated by ICASA (Illinois coalition Against Sexual Assault). The aim of this initiative is to better equip DePaul staff and faculty , particularly those who most often come in contact with students affected by sexual or relationship violence, to provide support and help address sexual and relationship violence at DePaul. Participants are encouraged to share their learning within their departments and collaborate on programming around these issues.

​​Annual General Compliance Training for Staff and Faculty

​​The Office of Institutional Compliance has partnered with HPW to add a module on sexual assault and relationship violence prevention, survivor support, reporting obligations, and bystander intervention into the General Compliance Training. This training is required for all DePaul employees.​​


​​​​​​​​National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

​​National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week takes place in the fall quarter, usually in October. Join HPW for a week of events related to alcohol awareness, knowledge, and safety.

​​Sexual Assault Awareness Month

​​April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Each year, DePaul puts on a series of programs during SAAM fo students, faculty, and staff. Events include a healthy relationships workshop, discussions around consent and campus culture, and providing resources for survivors and their supporters. 

Lavender Graduation and Stonewall Awards 

Lavender Graduation and the Stonewall Awards program takes place every May and celebrates graduating LGBTQA students and other members of DePaul's LGBTQA communities. Click here to learn more about DePaul LGBTQA Student Services.​

​​National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

​​National Eating Disorders Awareness Week takes place in February or March each year. Events and programs dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge occur all week. Learn the warning signs and how you can help at​​, or you can call the National Eating Disorders Awareness' toll-free, national helpline at (800) 931-2237.

Don't Cancel that Class


Don't Cancel That Class

Don't Cancel That Class is a service provided to DePaul faculty and instructors by the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness. If you need to be out of town or an unexpected situation demands your attention,  let us know and one of our professional staff members will come into your class on the day of your absence and provide an hour-long, educational workshop to your students. Wor​kshop topics include:

  • ​Alcohol: Challenging the Hype

  • Marijuana: Blunt Talk

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Understanding Sexual Assault and Consent​

  • Stress and Self-Care

See the full Don't Cancel that Class menu and instructions on requesting a Don't Cancel that Class presentation.​​​​

Health Education

Health Education includes providing resources, events, trainings, workshops and presentations on various health related topics.

These topics include:

  • Sexual Health
  • Sexual Violence
  • Relationship Violence
  • Stalking
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Stress
  • Nutrition
  • Meal Planning
  • Physical Activity
  • and More

To request a health education program through the HPW office, use the Educational Program Request Form at the bottom of this page.

Educational Program Request Form

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