• Alyson Heisler

StepUP! and make a difference

Several new posters around campus read, "Beavers don't let friends drive drunk." This campaign is only the beginning for the recently implemented StepUP!, a bystander intervention program.

Karina Stander, a wellness specialist at Minot State, said the goal of the program is "to encourage our university community to pay attention to what is going on around them and to help others as they are able."

The StepUP! program was created by Becky Bell, associate athletics director at University of Arizona. Stander attended a webinar presented by Bell in the spring.

"I left the webinar excited to make a difference on campus," Stander said.

The key to success for the program is student involvement to spread the message of becoming more observant about our surroundings to ensure a supportive environment on the MSU campus.

Ryan Fila, a student involved with launching the program, said it's a reminder to support each other in a variety of situations.

"We are all in college, some far away from home, young and old, from vastly different cultures. And we must be there for each other," Fila said. "Whether that means on a Friday night, where bad decisions can easily be made, or on any day of the week when someone is having a rough time in their personal life."

If you are interested in learning more about StepUP! or about attending one of the presentations to become more involved, contact Stander at karina.stander@minotstateu.edu.

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