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 August 5, 2020

In 2018, we fought for and won one of the most innovative sexual harassment prevention programs in the country — the Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC) training program. EPIC is an interactive peer-to-peer training, jointly run between our union and the university, and is enshrined in both the Academic Student Employee contract and Postdoc contract.

About our trainings

We run an innovative evidence-informed curriculum that empowers participants with concrete skills for creating safer workplaces, interrupting harassment, and getting support. Our trainings are highly tailored to each training group. EPIC trainers regularly meet with department members before each training to develop scenarios and training material that is specific to the group’s needs, interests, and context. 

Screenshot of EPIC poster for 2019 NASEM Summit

EPIC team member presented at the 2019 NASEM Summit on Prevention of Sexual Harassment. Click on the image above to view the full poster!

Reach and Results

In Fall 2019 alone, EPIC reached 800 ASEs and postdocs in departments and units across all three campuses of University of Washington. After going through the training, 97% of participants consistently report that they are likely or very likely to take action to address harassment if it occurs in their workplace. Additionally, in follow-up surveys three months after participants have completed the training, 80% report having taken at least one bystander behavior in those three months. 

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Schedule a training

For more information or to schedule a training in your department or unit, email epicprogram@uw.edu.