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Action Zone Bystander Intervention

“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
                                                                                         – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Action Zone is a bystander intervention training for risk reduction adapted from the University of Arizona's Step UP! program. Studies show that in emergency situations most people present would like to help, but very few actually do. Action Zone explores this phenomenon – The Bystander Effect – as well as when to intervene and when not to. Often, sexual assaults, alcohol-fueled incidents and other challenging situations can be prevented or diffused with timely, skilled and appropriate intervention. This dynamic, interactive training prepares participants to be allies in the NYU community. 

Open Training

Each semester, the Health Promotion office also holds open trainings for members of the NYU community. Training is open to students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Click here to register!

Spring 2018 Open Training Dates:

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By Request

Want to arm your group, class or organization with essential bystander intervention skills? Join a growing number of your friends and colleagues who are equipped to create a safer NYU community. Click here to request an Action Zone session.

Groups who have hosted Action Zone include: Welcome Week Leaders, Residence Hall Professional Staff, Resident Assistants, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, NYU Abu Dhabi, Student Resource Center, Polytechnic School of Engineering, GLAM, Active Minds at NYU, Counseling and Wellness Services Staff, Student Health Center Medical Staff, CAS College Cohort Leaders, Students for Sexual Respect, Liberal Studies Student Leaders, Liberal Studies Academic Advisors and Administrators, Silver School of Social Work’s Sexual Violence Awareness Committee.

Join the Action Zone Bystander
Intervention team!

Apply now to lead Action Zone Bystander Intervention training sessions for members of the NYU community. If you are graduating in 2017 or later and have already attended at least one session as a participant, then you are eligible to become a facilitator. The requirements are simple:

  • Participate in a brief interview with a current member of the team
  • Attend facilitator training
  • Facilitate at least one Action Zone Bystander Intervention session per semester


Contact the Health Promotion office.