Got Your Back! UMD and Bystander Intervention

Got Your Back! UMD

Got Your Back! UMD encourages EVERYONE to notice harmful situations around them EVERYDAY, and to take the steps to safely and effectively intervene. TOGETHER, we can create a safe place at UMD and positively shape the culture that we learn and work in. If you are interested in getting involved check out our peer health educator's site.


How GOT YOUR BACK! UMD came to be

In the spring of 2013, UMD’s Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity sent out a call for grant proposals that would initiate programming on campus that supports goal 2 of UMD’s Strategic Plan. Goal 2 serves to “Create a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity and social justice”.  Health Services staff responded to the call with a proposal to bring the StepUp! Bystander Intervention Program Train the Trainer Webinar to campus.  The proposal was awarded the UMD Equity Education and Diversity Grant Funds, and on May 8, 2013, thirty three campus community members (students, staff and faculty) attended the training, representing 22 campus units, student organizations and academic departments.  Another Train the Trainer Webinar was brought to UMD in 2016. UMD Health Services education staff and the Peer Health Educators have developed a presentation and initiatives unique to UMD, called Got Your Back! UMD.

Vision, Mission, and Goals 


The vision for the bystander intervention initiative at UMD is to support UMD in its efforts to create a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity and social justice (Goal 2).


The mission of Got Your Back! UMD is to create a culture of actualized shared responsibility and individual action in challenging unjust and hurtful words, behaviors and attitudes, or simply to help someone in need; action that in turn serves to create a safe, positive and inclusive campus climate for all.


The Goals of the bystander intervention initiative are:

1. To increase awareness and knowledge that supports noticing events and interpreting events as a problem.

2. To deliver tools and strategies that inform safe and effective intervention.

3. To build confidence and motivation that inspires taking personal responsibility to act.


Topics covered in GOT YOUR BACK! UMD Bystander Intervention workshops and classroom presentations

1. Introduction to Got Your Back! UMD and Bystander Intervention

2. Common Barriers to intervening

3. The 5 steps to intervention
                        a. Notice the event
                        b. Interpret it as a problem
                        c. Assume personal responsibility
                        d. Know how to help
                        e. Take action

4. Tips for effective and safe interventions

5. Intervention styles

6. Strategies for intervention (direct and indirect)

7. Scenario/group work

8. Conclusion

Got Your Back! UMD is an initiative inspired by the StepUp! Bystander Intervention Program at the University of Arizona, Founded by Becky Bell.