Programs and Events

We offer a variety of options for programming and training around sexual violence. Visit the Wellness Center to see more! Our goal is to increase the proportion of students who report receiving information on violence prevention.

Before students arrive on campus their first year:

They receive consent education and sexual assault statistics at orientation over the summer. They also complete an online program called U Got This!, which is designed to educate about sexual violence and bystander intervention.

When students arrive on campus their first year:

They attend a 90 minute presentation during Welcome Weekend that covers sexual violence statistics, consent and communication, and bystander intervention, along with other topics. They also receive education about sexual assault during the First Six Weeks program at the event titled College Road Trip.

Throughout their time as a student:

The Wellness Center hosts a variety of events covering the broad topic of sexual violence. They host smaller events around consent, communication, domestic and dating violence, and stalking, and a few larger scale events such as the Undie Run and Rock Against Rape. CWU also observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Stalking Awareness Month, as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To learn more about programs hosted by the Wellness Center, visit the website!


Bystander Intervention Training

Bystander Intervention Training gives students the tools necessary to step in during a situation that could lead to violence. Our Step Up! program helps build confidence in students, and helps them understand that as students of CWU, they have a responsibility to step up and help during these situations.

To sign up for a current training or to request a training for your group or organization, please contact the Wellness Center.

Responsible Employee Training

Treating People with Dignity and Respect is a mandatory training for all employees of CWU, and it needs to be taken every 3 years. In this presentation, there is a small section outlining what a responsible employee is, and what their responsibilities are regarding reporting sexual misconduct.

To sign up for this training, look online at Central Learning Academy.

Sexual Assault Disclosure Training

This training is designed to help staff, students, and faculty know how to respond to someone who discloses an incident of sexual assault. It goes over statistics of sexual assault, resources, dos and don’ts, and give participants the opportunity to role play scenarios. Participants will walk away with handouts and resources to help them feel more comfortable if a student approaches them to disclose a sexual assault.

To sign up for a current training or to request a training for your group or organization, please contact the Wellness Center.

RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Training

RAD is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on self-defense training. The course is taught by a certified instructor and is designed for women with little to no previous experience or background in physical skills training.

To take the course, register for the PEF 132- Women’s Self Defense course.

ASPEN Advocacy Training

ASPEN is a volunteer advocacy organization located in Ellensburg. Volunteers may help out at events and assist with answering hotline calls.

To become a volunteer advocate, stop by ASPEN at 220 West 4th Avenue and pick up a volunteer packet.

Questions? Please contact:

■ Thomas Pedersen, Interim Title IX Coordinator (; 509-963-2031; or

■ Marissa Howat, Director, Wellness Center (; 509-963-3233)