The PATH to Care Center empowers undergraduate students to facilitate social change and prevent Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment (SVSH) in their own communities.
Trained undergraduate student staff in the Peer Educator program offer a number of workshops to fellow undergraduate students:
- Consent & Boundaries (an exploration of affirmative consent and respecting limits)
- Healthy Relationships (a look at interpersonal dynamics)
- Sexual Harassment & Bystander Intervention (impactful conversations to create safer environments)
- Responding with Care & Concern (when someone shares about an incident)
- Creating a Culture of Respect Through Prevention & Response
- General Overview of PATH to Care Center Services
- Strategic Violence Prevention Seminar: Overview of Undergraduate Sexual Violence Prevention Toolkit
Peer educators can also tailor a workshop to your community’s needs.Request a peer facilitated workshop
Undergraduate student Peer Coordinators can meet with you to discuss what you can do to prevent SVSH in your student community. Examples of strategic efforts include planning safer events, orienting leadership & new members, policy reviews, and more.
- Groups often seek consultations after an incident occurs that shakes the trust and cohesion of its members.
- Groups also reach out proactively before any kind of harassment or harm occurs, to ensure there continues to be a healthy group climate.
Our consultation approach:
- Build Relationships: We can meet with any group’s representative, whether in a position of formal leadership or not. From there we can also help you identify other champions in your group.
- Assessment: We discuss a group’s concerns and needs. Every group will be different: some may need opportunities to heal from harm, while others might be ready to jump into implementing change.
- Prevention Planning: We work collaboratively with your group to develop a plan for prevention that can include policies, procedures, and practices to sustain a safe, accountable, and respectful community using a trauma-informed, survivor-centered lens.
- Ongoing Support: We cultivate a sustainable relationship as partners in prevention by providing ongoing support and invitations to join our healing events, awareness campaigns, newsletter and social media.
Social Media Outreach
Meet our Undergraduate Peer Educators & Coordinators
The PATH to Care Center hires undergraduate students, including those with work-study aid, as paid staff.
Peer Educators design, customize, facilitate workshops and discussions, manage PATH to Care’s social media and outreach initiatives, and build and maintain partnerships with student organizations on campus. Peer Educators rely on anti-oppression and public health concepts, particularly the concept of primary prevention to create communities where SVSH cannot flourish.
Peer Coordinators consult with student organizations and communities to create campus culture change through a trauma-informed, survivor centered lens. They support groups in developing sustainable prevention plans, implementing the Undergraduate Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Toolkit, and evaluating the effectiveness of the prevention plan and/or initiatives. They also assist with organizing campus-wide initiatives, implement organizational policy changes that promote long-term prevention, expand social media and communications, design and implement interactive SVSH prevention and awareness campaigns, and collaborate across campus to plan joint virtual events.
Peer Coordinators and Educators apply and integrate anti-racism, expand access, practice inclusion, and undo oppression wherever and whenever possible.
Applications for 2021-22 Peer Educator & Coordinator positions are currently closed.
T.R.A.I.L. Prevention & Response Certificate Training
The T.R.A.I.L. certificate training is open to all UC Berkeley campus affiliates (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and staff) to gain skills and tools to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence and harm.
TRAILblazers build leadership skills by:
- Exploring social justice concepts and describing their relationship to various forms of violence
- Interrogating societal attitudes and beliefs that normalize violence
- Interpreting how campus-based violence operates
- Understanding the impact of violence on survivors
- Learning about options and opportunities for supporting survivors
- Committing to fostering a respectful campus community
Intercollegiate Athletics Programs
Coaching Athletes as Leaders (CAL)
This program engages student-athletes in lively discussions with their coaches and teammates on how to create a campus free of violence, harassment, discrimination, and racism; develop strong interpersonal and leadership skills; promote equity, respect, and responsibility; and serve as role models for the campus community.
Violence, Social Justice, and Public Health (PH 107)
This summer undergraduate course in the School of Public Health is taught by PATH to Care staff and explores the types of violence most commonly associated with collegiate life as public health issues from personal, social, community, and political perspectives.
New Undergraduate Student Prevention
UC policy requires all incoming students, including transfers, to receive education about sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention and resources. UC Berkeley uses a “three dose” approach to reinforce the message:
- A letter over the summer from the administration.
- An online EverFi module that must be completed before arriving on campus.
- An in-person presentation soon after arrival: Bear Pact is a collaborative program that provides information about wellness, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and sexual violence prevention. In addition to Bear Pact, students participate in Bear Perspectives, where they discuss these issues of health, safety, and community with their peers.