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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 (HEAT). To request a program, use the form at the bottom of this page. You can find out more about the HEAT team, the topics they cover and the members on the Health Education Action Team page here.

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 require 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 hpw@depaul.edu.

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

Survivor Support Advocates within the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness provide confidential and holistic support to survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. The advocates provide the following:

  • Emotional care and support
  • Information about counseling, medical resources, Chicago Police Department and DePaul Public Safety Office reporting processes, legal advocacy, academic accomodations, DePaul's Student Conduct Process and safety planning
  • Referrals and help with navigating appropriate on-and off-campus resources

Survivor Support Advocates, including the Sexual & Relationship Violence Prevention Specialist, can be reached at 773-325-7129 or hpw@depaul.edu. Every effort is made to meet with students that drop-in, but immediate availability cannot be guaranteed.

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 or students will come into your class on the day of your absence and provide a one hour-long, educational workshop to your students (with the exception of the Vinny Vow workshop, which is three hours long). Workshop topics include:

  • Alcohol: Challenging the Hype
  • Marijuana: Blunt Talk
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Understanding Sexual Assault and Consent
  • Stress and Self-Care

The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness provides holistic programs and workshops involving many health and wellness topics. We specialize in sexual health, sexual and relationship violence prevention, alcohol and drug misuse and abuse prevention, mental health, recovery, and stress management. The length and style of available programs and workshops may vary. Faculty, staff and student groups are able to request one of our professional staff and/or Peer Health Educators to present or collaborate on a program or workshop. To request a health education program through the HPW office, use the Educational Program Request Form at the bottom of this page. For new programs, we ask that interested parties give at least a 2 week notice prior to the scheduled event. For specific questions, email hpw@depaul.edu.

Interact with HEAT and HPW at any events put on during nationally recognized awareness weeks/months, such as:

  • September - National Recovery Month; National Suicide Prevention Week
  • October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month; National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
  • February - Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • March - National Sleep Awareness Week
  • April - Sexual Assault Awareness Month; National Minority Health Month; National Public Health Week
  • May - Mental Health Awareness Month

The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness offers private, individual support to any student regarding any health and wellness topic. We specialize in alcohol and other drug misuse and abuse, sexual and relationship violence, eating disorders, mental health, and recovery. Each professional staff member provides emotional care and is able to connect students to on- and off-campus resources. Students interested in receiving individual support can schedule an appointment in person, by phone at 773-325-7129 or by email at hpw@depaul.edu.

Educational Program Request Form

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Please attach any marketing or educational materials you will be using to promote this program to your audience. You can only attach one file to this form. If you have multiple documents please create a zip file from your supplemental materials and attach it or email the files to hpw@depaul.edu.