September 6, 2016
Throughout September, Kappa Deltas will be celebrating all the ways female friendships are special and powerful. Our friendships with other women provide us with our biggest supporters, people to challenge us to be our best selves and partners in making some of our best memories. And that’s just the beginning!
Our friendships with women also build our confidence. When someone is in your corner, you feel like you can take on anything. Of course you can ace the test, nail the job interview, brave the big move and even rock the bold outfit. We can do anything with our friends on our side. It also gives us the courage to navigate more challenging situations in our personal lives, as well as in our campus communities.
One way we can build confidence in each other is by learning how to be active bystanders. Bystander intervention is one of the most successful tactics for preventing some of the behaviors or activities that negatively affect our campus communities. From potential sexual assaults to hazing to irresponsible alcohol use, knowing when to step in is a powerful way to make a positive impact. When you have the confidence to take action, you can make a difference in the lives of your sisters and friends.
An active bystander is someone who notices potential risk in a situation near them, feels a sense of responsibility towards those involved, and finds a way to intervene. It can be easy to feel like someone else will say something or like you are inserting yourself into a situation that isn’t your business, but you know in your gut when something feels wrong. Trust that feeling and know that the safety of your sisters and others in your community is worth momentary discomfort.
How can Kappa Deltas prioritize sisterhood and safety to become active bystanders? Below are some tangible steps you can take to build confidence in members of your community by teaching intervention skills.
Opportunities to be an active bystander and a thoughtful community member present themselves often. Lean on the power of your friendships to give you the confidence you need to make decisions you know are important. With our friends on our side, we can continue to build confidence and inspire action in the world around us every day.