The Survivor Support Allies program creates a culture of support for survivors of gender-based harassment & violence by serving as a visible resource for student disclosures and relaying new information to their colleagues and classrooms.

Purpose

The purpose of the Survivor Support Allies program is to create a cohort of faculty and staff across campus who will receive in-depth and ongoing education on how to support survivors of gender-based harassment & violence. Survivor Support Allies are trained to respond positively to disclosures, provide compassionate support, and share knowledge about campus options and resources for survivors. The creation of this program is in response to the need faculty and staff have expressed for increased training on how to respond to disclosures, appropriately report, and engage campus & community resources. The Survivor Support Allies Program is a partnership between the Office for Violence Response & the Gender & LGBTQIA Center.

Commitment & Structure

Survivor Support Allies (SSAs) commit to an initial 90 minute in-person training and to attending ongoing training (one session per semester) for an academic year. Once SSAs complete their initial training, they will receive a laminated placard for their work space that will read “Survivor Support Ally” with the academic year they attended the initial training. For staff or faculty who also serve as responsible employees, this will be denoted on their placard. SSAs may renew their designation each year as long as they are attending on-going training and will receive stickers to update the academic year on their placard.

Training Details

Survivor Support Allies (SSAs) will all need to attend a  90 minute in-person training, “Survivor Support Allies 101”. In addition, fac/staff must attend a “Title IX Reporting and Resources” presentation facilitated by the Title IX Coordinator and Coordinator for Violence Response, to understand their role within the university as it relates to Title IX. These sessions will be offered to all fac/staff  and/or departments throughout the year. All participants in the Survivor Support Allies program will receive more in-depth training  provided by the Assistant Director of the Gender & LGBTQIA Center and the Coordinator for Violence Response. This training will include definitions and patterns of gender-based violence, how to respond to disclosures of violence, and an overview of Elon’s prevention efforts.

After completing the initial training, participants will be asked to attend one ongoing training opportunity each semester which will be deeper dives into gender-based violence response and prevention. Topics could include: intimate partner violence, cyberstalking, supporting survivors with minoritized identities (African American, disabilities, LGBTQ), ways to interrupt sexist and homophobic language, etc. At least two opportunities will be offered each semester in either in-person training and online/webinar formats. Ongoing training requirements must be completed each year to keep the SSA certification up to date. Each ongoing training will range between 1.5 – 2 hours.

For more information on how to become a Survivor Support Ally please e-mail Felicia Cenca at fcenca@elon.edu or Becca Bishopric Patterson at bbishopric@elon.edu.