Read Step UP! testimonials from students who have used and been impacted by the program and administrators who have implemented the program:


From Students

Step UP! has stayed with me over time because of the general principles it teaches — it changed my thinking. When I was faced with basic, everyday decisions it impacted how I handled them. It’s a great program that establishes the right thinking patterns — especially for freshmen — it sets them on the right track, it can realign their values and beliefs. It’s a great awareness program.
— Male Student-Athlete, The University of Arizona

From the beginning the Step UP! to Academics presentation was more interesting than I had expected. I’ve never thought about being a bystander with academics before and it’s true – we can make a difference! It certainly gave me a new perspective on academic misconduct; there is a lot more to it than you hear about from your professors at the beginning of every semester. It is also very interesting to compare it to athletics and discover that the qualities we pride ourselves in possessing as elite athletes should be the very same ones that allow us to have success in school and in life in general. It really was an informative presentation.
Female student-athlete, University of Arizona

Thank you so much for last week, honestly. The house was talking about it still as of Monday (which, any later date reference means something stuck in their heads). Of all of the programs we have seen and done as a house/individuals, this was by far the most user friendly and beneficial.  The fact that we felt we were involved in conversation and interaction as opposed to being lectured was very appreciated. Thanks again for everything and let me know if there is anything we can do to help you out in the future.
Lucky Scott, Fraternity Chapter President

About a year after I completed my Step UP! training I found myself in an unfamiliar situation. One of my best friends was in a verbally abusive relationship. Her boyfriend would frequently make her feel badly about herself and make her feel like everyone around her felt the same way. After several months of witnessing this behavior, I recognized it was starting to affect other aspects of her life. This is when I chose to approach her about her relationship and make sure she was okay. I quickly realized that this was not the case as she began to share how she was truly feeling. I was able to refer her to the Step UP! website and offer my assistance in finding her help with the situation. My Step UP! training helped me detect that my friend was not okay and allowed me to approach her in a way that would make her responsive and accepting of the help I offered. Step UP! gave me the skills and confidence I needed to ensure I was doing the right thing in helping out my friend. It taught me how to effectively handle the situation.
— Female Student-Athlete, The University of Arizona

I never had the confidence or knowledge to try to step up and help [teammates] with their situations.  I was always afraid that I might make the situation worse or lose the friendship…  After being a part of the Step UP! program I can see that I am not the only one that feels like this.  I know now that the next time I am put into a situation that I will intervene with confidence and knowledge.
Female Student-Athlete, The University of Virginia


From Administrators

“I was totally floored when I saw the ‘Step UP!’ program on my campus for the first time – as I believe it fills a need for every one of today’s students.  The whole topic of responsibility, particularly personal responsibility, is critical to the development of today’s young minds.  This program is one of the best I have ever seen in that it really spoke to the students on their level, in terms they would understand and in situations to which they could definitely relate.”
– Victor Boschini, Chancellor, TCU

The University of Arizona has created an amazing Bystander Intervention Program for students called Step UP! Be a Leader, Make a Difference that addresses many high risk issues, including alcohol. Becky Bell is the creator and is awesome. I’ve had her come to San Diego State University and do some trainings with my students and peer educators, and we utilized the Step Up! Program to create a similar program for our Greek Community on campus. As a former student-athlete myself, I remember all the (awful) programming that we received. This is good stuff . . . and all my students LOVE the bystander approach, and I think students find it extremely relevant and easy to implement.
Lori Bednarchik, Health Educator, Adjunct Assistant Professor, San Diego State

At NYU we are constantly looking for new ways to influence behavior and are employing more and more evidence-based strategies and using a community action approach to health promotion.  One such initiative is the development of a bystander intervention training program.  Rather than recreate the wheel, we have opted to implement the University of Arizona’s award-winning Step UP! program.  Not only are students engaged by how interactive it is, but it is also easily adaptable and applicable to a number of health-related situations. As facilitators we were walked through every step of the training and feel confident to now do the trainings ourselves. We plan to heighten the awareness of our students around these situations and the positive role they can play. By equipping students with the skills necessary we hope to reduce the number of harmful incidents on campus and foster a safer, healthier community.
– Courtney Stein, Director Health Promotions, NYU

Since many problematic behaviors happen in group settings, bystander intervention skill training can be essential. What I like about Step UP! is the fact that it applies to many different situations. I believe one approach makes it more powerful and sustainable. As the creator of Step UP!, Becky presents this material so well, that the message and delivery in itself empowers individuals. The Step UP! message is pertinent to any college campus, individual or group. In our audience were student‐athletes, Greeks, general students, in addition to campus personnel. She also presented Step UP! to the head coaches in the Athletics Department and that presentation was equally well received. Another nice thing is that the presentation easily lends itself to follow up conversations and discussions in leadership groups, or chapter houses. Having Becky share this information with our student population has made a positive difference. I highly recommend the Step UP! program!
Theresa Fagouri, Coordinator, Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center, Chico State

When given the task of finding a bystander training program for our students, I immediately was excited to see this well-put-together curriculum. In Residential Life we use experiential education with all the methodology evidenced in this program. I am currently in conversation with the upper administration of our university to bring Step UP! to Johns Hopkins. We are looking for a long-term initiative to bring this message and challenge to our campus and this is it. I love the flexibility of the materials and the resources and support available to mold it to your particular student body. I am excited to embark on my journey with Step UP! 
Shelly Fickau, Director of Residential Life, Johns Hopkins University

Much of the research out there currently says bystander intervention is one of the best forms of prevention concerning violence prevention. The University of Arizona along with the BACCHUS Network and the NCAA to put together a training on Bystander Intervention called Step UP! This training is amazing and we here at the University have purchased it and have worked on it to fit our campus needs.I have used this training with my peer educators as well as Greek students. They are very receptive to the information and really want to know more about it.
Jenny Rabas, Prevention Specialist – University of Central Missouri

The Step UP! program is a holistic approach to teaching students about the importance of intervention. I have used it to initiate discussions with our fraternity and sorority members regarding hazing prevention and the need to ‘Step UP’ in order to eradicate hazing. The curriculum and videos are something the students can really relate to and use in any situation. I highly recommend it for all populations.
— Johanne Jensen, Senior Program Director for Fraternity & Sorority Programs, The University of Arizona

Our team in Health Promotion & Preventive Services here at The University of Arizona Campus Health Service has been very impressed. The Step UP! program opens a dialog with students that says, “We can’t improve health and safety on this campus without your help.” Inspiring students with the skills that let them be the change they — and we all — want to see has great potential. We are looking forward to working with the Step UP! curriculum to deliver a comprehensive violence prevention program here at The University of Arizona.
— David Salafsky, MPH, Campus Health Service, The University of Arizona

The Step UP! Program provides students with the conceptual framework and the tools to make a positive difference by intervening in both emergency and non emergency situations common to athletics teams (and other groups), including hazing, substance abuse, and personal health and well-being, where their influence can lead to a better outcome for those involved. The Step UP! Program would be a valuable addition to any institution’s programming, and the Pac-12 Conference supports this effort to enhance the leadership ability of our student-athletes.
Chris Dawson, Associate Comissioner – Olympic Sports and Student-Athlete Programs, Pacific-12 Conference

I was originally attracted to the Step UP! program because it includes research-based practices such as social norms clarification and skill building.  Because it is a “ready to go” program that includes PowerPoint slides, DVD clips, audience response technology questions, and facilitator and participant manuals we were able to implement the program very quickly. I was encouraged to “make the program my own” and therefore have been able to modify slides and change pictures to tailor Step UP! for our campus. I encourage other prevention professionals to use this program — the price is unbeatable and the material is comprehensive and sound!
— Amy Kiger, Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention, University of Central Missouri


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