Meet the creator and founder of the Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program. Becky Bell created Step UP! in 2006 and with input from national experts, it was formally introduced in 2008. The program and training has evolved since the last biennial national conference in 2018 and although the conference was discontinued during COVID, trainings are still available! For the most up to date training (including the option of an advanced training) and to identify the best way to meet your needs, please contact Becky Bell.


Becky Bell

Becky BellBecky Bell, M.A. is the creator and founder of Step UP! which won the prestigious NASPA Gold Award in 2010. Becky was recognized with two University of Arizona Visionary Leadership Awards – the 2009 individual award for her work on Step UP! and the 2018 Peter Likins Award for Inclusive Excellence, given to her C.A.T.S. Life Skills team. 

Bell is a former All-American at UCLA (tennis) and earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. She was an assistant coach at UCLA (5 years, including a National Championship) before becoming the head coach at the University of Arizona (12 years). She then became the Associate Athletics Director and oversaw the C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program. Becky has two Master’s degrees — one in Sports Administration and one in Counseling. She has done hundreds of Step UP! trainings nationally (and internationally) with global companies, government agencies, businesses, non-profits, Universities, and more.

Becky was inducted into the Riverside, (CA) Sport Hall of Fame in 2019, the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 2020) and most recently she received the distinguished John ‘Button’ Salmon Award for dedicated leadership and service to The University of Arizona Athletics Department (2022). 


Early contributors to Step UP! and those who assisted with the National Conferences:

Susie Bruce, M.Ed., University of Virginia

Doug Everhart, M.A., University of California, Irvine

Scott Goldman, PhD., University of Arizona, University of Michigan

Sue Sherburne, PhD., University of Maryland

Mary Wilfert, NCAA


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