MVP’s Bystander Intervention Conference

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Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Presents:

A global conference devoted to exploring the roots of the bystander approach to gender violence prevention, and helping to set an agenda for next steps in the field.

May 31-June 1, 2012 (8:30am – 5:30pm both days) @ Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts


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In 1993 MVP introduced the bystander intervention approach to the gender violence prevention and education field.  In the spirit of its continuing leadership in this field, MVP is organizing this dynamic, international conference as an opportunity for educators, activists, funders and others to explore the history, development and current state of efforts to engage bystanders in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence.

In recent years bystander programs, initiatives and campaigns have proliferated and the approach now enjoys widespread appeal.  This conference will be the first global gathering of experts, activists and practitioners to discuss and share our respective bystander intervention experiences.  The conference will focus on bystander intervention in preventing gender violence while exploring a range of social, structural and political dynamics that are seamlessly transferable to bystander efforts addressing other social problems.

Leading experts in the bystander intervention movement will discuss a range of issues, such as men and women working together; designing effective bystander initiatives in diverse socioeconomic and racial/ethnic environments; working with organized athletics and Greeks on college campuses; bystander pedagogy; and efforts to design comprehensive bystander initiatives that address gender violence but also bullying, gay-bashing and other significant social problems.

There will be five main components to the conference and here is a brief description of each component.  For more information, please click here.


Setting the Stage Speakers
Each day, there will be leaders from social justice, education, government, and sport business that will help us “set the stage” for each day’s content.  These individuals will be announced one at a time in the weeks leading up to the conference.  Be on the lookout!


Spotlight Segments
Spotlight segments will be strategically placed throughout the conference to illuminate specific aspects of bystander intervention.  They will incorporate multi-media presentations, personal testimony, global applications and deeper pedagogical understanding of the issues.


Plenary Panels
These will not be your typical panel presentations.  Rather, they will be dynamic, interactive discussions with open discussion time built in to each panel.  Participants will hear from experts in the field and have the opportunity to engage the presenters.  The experts will provide context and bystander intervention lessons learned on the issues as a way to stimulate discussion.


Dynamic Shift Segments
Designed to shift the energy in the room, these dynamic shift segments will include: video clips of a Bystander Intervention programs/ initiatives/campaigns; spotlight testimonials of people utilizing Bystander Intervention strategies or failing in a tough situation; and multi-media components reinforcing the need for Bystander Intervention.


Directed Breakout Discussion: The road ahead/ Next Steps in the Field
These sessions will be an interactive meeting of academics, practitioners and advocates working together to define and address emerging issues in bystander education.  In smaller working groups, participants will discuss how to integrate the bystander approach by examining where there are opportunities for growth within and outside the area of gender based violence.  Facilitated by experts in their field, the various breakout sessions will allow for greater exploration of how the bystander approach can be applied to additional areas of violence prevention, education, healthy development and social justice issues.


Anyone who has an interest in bystander intervention and its wide ranging applicability. Educators, activists, students, youth service providers, student services professionals, academics, athletics, military branches, police agencies, individuals interested in preventing gender based violence, individuals interested in violence prevention, social justice advocates and more will find something at this conference.

In addition to informal opportunities through the conference, there will be a reception following the end of day 1 (May 31) for attendees to network and meet colleagues in the bystander intervention field.  The reception will be held at Northeastern University’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute.

Calling all bystander programs, initiatives and campaigns!  MVP  wants to showcase as many bystander initiatives as possible and we need your help.  Please create a 3 min (or less) video about your bystander work and submit it for showing at the conference.

Do you have a bystander program, initiative, campaign or resource that you would like to share with the conference attendees?  Please make a notation on your registration form and we will provide a table for you to share your work with others.

The Media Education Foundation will be offering their films at discounted conference rates.


We are pleased  to offer two lodging types  for conference attendees.  Special conference rates are available at these places.  Please follow the instructions  below to connect with them and be sure to tell them you are looking for the Bystander Intervention Conference room rate and block.

PLEASE NOTE: April 30, 2012 is the last day to reserve a room at the conference negotiated rate


Northeastern University International Village
(Residence Hall rooms) — single room @ $69/night and double room @ $54/night (linens provided)

The International Village (INV) lodging options are NU residence halls during the academic year for upper class students and first year honors students and boasts an extensive art collection.  It includes 1200 beds for Northeastern’s undergraduate students, seminar and classrooms, a cyber café, campus-wide dining facilities, fitness and billiard rooms, and study spaces. The complex also houses offices for NU faculty and administrative staff, the Stony Brook initiative, and retail tenants on the ground floor. There is an open raised planted courtyard for the residents on the rooftop of the dining facility at the center of the building’s massing.  The INV complex is conveniently situated adjacent to the MBTA Orange Line Ruggles Station and a 5 minute walk across campus to the conference location.  Here’s an article describing the INV’s award winning design: “International Village earns top honors”


The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers @ $159/night (through May 31st only)

Since it opened on  March 10, 1927, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers has been recognized as a member of Historic Hotels of America. The Hotel is easily accessible to Boston’s shopping, cultural and historic landmarks.  The Boston Park Plaza has distinguished itself with classic elegance and personal guest service that continues to attract travelers from all over the world who visit Boston for Business, Leisure or Special Events.  Go to for more general information about the historic Park Plaza.

  • Contact the Boston Park Plaza Reservations Department for reservations — (800) 225-2008

Registration for the conference will be an online process.  Payment will also be handled online through a secured page at Northeastern University.  The conference registration fee is $125.  For full-time students, the fee is $40.  Please click here to register.

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For more information or questions about the conference please contact Jennifer Schneider at or (407) 823-4884

Be on the lookout for additional conference information in the coming weeks.

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