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Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Health & Counseling Center

Gender Violence Prevention and Education

For Parents and Family

At DU, we work in collaboration with University partners to build and maintain a safe, gender-equitable environment for our community. We provide a number of programs through the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) to support the growth and ongoing education of students as they navigate topics like consent, healthy relationships, and boundaries.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

You may have heard about some of our program requirements for first year students. We believe that ongoing education and engaging with peers are some of the most effective ways to help students develop their skills to navigate situations they may encounter. You can learn more about the educational requirements here.

HOW YOUR STUDENT CAN GET INVOLVED

Learning doesn't end when students walk out of a classroom. We provide the DU community with programming Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters to continue their engagement and build the culture of care we value in our community. We also support students through peer education and involvement organizations. Check out the events we hold and ways students can get involved here.

STARTING THE CONVERSATION

We also understand that it can seem overwhelming to prepare a big talk with your student around sensitive topics like gender-based violence. Conversations about consent, healthy relationships, and boundaries don't need to be a big stand-alone topic - they can be part of the conversations you're already having about how to take care of friends, things they see in the news media, and ways to stay safe.

It is important to start a dialogue with your student about topics like healthy relationships, consent, and safety as they navigate their college experience. Whether they are a new student or are preparing for their study abroad experience, these conversations can create an opportunity for you and your student to learn and grow together. This resource from RAINN provides tips on where to begin.

If you know or have reason to believe your student has experienced sexual trauma or other forms of gender-based violence, DU's Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) has resources for you. Visit their Supporting a Survivor page for more information, or download their helpful guide.