October is SafeU Month

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins has designated October as SafeU Month, an opportunity for the entire campus to engage in safety awareness, education and training.

The SafeU Month planning committee is inviting entities across campus to join the month-long event by hosting events and trainings—whether for internal teams or activities open to the campus community—and by helping to spread safety-related messages. Events are shown on the SafeU events and @theU calendars and listed below.

Week One (Sept. 30-Oct. 6): Did you know?

Learn about resources, support, tools, trainings and other safety general safety information.

  • Fall into Safety, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Union Plaza
    Join the U’s Department of Public Safety and several campus partners for the Fall into Safety event as the university kicks off SafeU Month. There will be lots of games and activities centered on raising safety awareness on campus, including a dunk tank, an impaired vision course, inflatable games and more. Come have fun, enjoy free food and learn more about campus safety efforts and resources.
  • SafeU Meet and Greet Tabling, Oct. 2, 11 a.m., Marriott Library, Level 2
    Swing by our table on Level 2 for some snacks and to sign up for upcoming SafeU events in the library, including:

    • Oct. 25: Challenging Rape Culture Training, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Gould Auditorium
    • Oct. 29 & 30, Healthy Relationships Trainings (2 parts), 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Faculty Center, 1705.
  • ASUU Listening Session, Oct. 2, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the East Ballroom in the Union Building
    Students are invited to attend this listening session, hosted by ASUU, to share their thoughts, concerns and recommendations for improving safety on campus.
  • Wellness Fair, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Life Center
    Your one-stop-shop for all of your wellness needs! The event includes: resource fair, flu shots, STI screening, mindfulness sessions, free boxing classes, visits with therapy dogs, depression screenings, fun games, and more!
  • The Clothesline Project Exhibition will run throughout the month,Marriott Library, Level 3
    The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with T-shirts, each designed by a survivor or in honor of a woman who has experienced violence to represent the woman’s personal experience. T-shirts may be created by those who identify as a woman and who have experienced violence; in honor of a woman in your life who has experienced violence, lost her life or taken her life due to violence.We hang these t-shirts as evidence of the epidemic of violence against women, impacting us and our community.And we hang these t-shirts in commitment to break the silence of violence and in support of survivors in their recovery process.

    The Clothesline Project is an interactive exhibit. The Eccles Health Science Library is providing blank T-shirts and art supplies.

Week Two (Oct. 7-Oct. 13): Staff Readiness

During Fall Break, the focus will be on staff trainings and events.

Lunch & Learn: Monday through Thursday, Human Resources will provide different workshops for faculty. Lunch will be provided for each training. Register online here: utah.bridgeapp.com…

  • Taking Valued Action, Oct. 7, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
    Values are one-word descriptors of how we want to treat ourselves, interact with others and engage with the world. Come learn how to use values to guide your actions, especially during challenging moments or times of uncertainty.

    This experiential workshop will help you in prioritize certain values and identify simple ways to begin acting more in accordance with these values. You will likely leave the workshop feeling more energized, more like yourself, and motivated to take a next step.

  • Introduction to Mindfulness, Oct. 8, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
    Come learn about what mindfulness is and is not, including common misperceptions. You will be guided through simple mindfulness strategies that you can continue to utilize independently. You will be connected with a variety of resources if you choose to further explore how mindfulness might work for you. You will likely leave the presentation feeling more engaged.

  • Positive Psychology: Everyday Skills to Enhance Resilience, Oct. 9, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
    We often times think that challenging situations and moments of uncertainty are best resolved using the analytical or problem-solving part of our brain. This may be the case in some situations but, in others, relying on problem-solving strategies can often interfere with moving on or resolution.

    This experiential and fun workshop will share strategies on how to promote psychological flexibility, a way to engage in life that allow you to be more present, better work with difficult thoughts and feelings, and be more of the person you want to be—no matter the situation.

  • Peer Support, Oct. 10, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
    All of us experience moments where we want to check-in on a colleague during or after a stressful situation but hesitate to do so because we don’t know what to say or fear we might do the wrong thing.

    This experiential workshop will provide background information and simple strategies in providing peer support. More specifically, you will learn emotion coaching techniques and be given ample time to practice these strategies. You will likely leave the presentation feeling confident and motivated to use these new skills with colleagues as well as with friends and family.

Week 3 (Oct. 14-Oct. 20): Mental and Emotional Wellness

Highlight on self-care, suicide prevention, counseling resources, grief and bereavement, mental health support, bystander intervention training, etc.

  • Drop-in Meditation, Oct. 14, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Student Services Building
    Join University Counseling staff in a mindfulness meditation practice that will help reduce anxiety and stress-related symptoms.
  • Drop-in Meditation, Oct. 15, 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., Student Services Building
    Join University Counseling staff in a mindfulness meditation practice that will help reduce anxiety and stress-related symptoms.
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Union Den, Union Building
    Join Andi Tremonte and Claire Mosby from Utah Domestic Violence Coalition for information sessions on healthy relationships, red flags of unhealthy relationships and local resources. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Drop-in Meditation, Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Student Services Building
    Join University Counseling staff in a mindfulness meditation practice that will help reduce anxiety and stress-related symptoms.
  • Safe Movement Matters, Oct. 16, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Room 2938, Health Sciences Education Building
    Ginger Cannon, active transportation manager, with share safe active commuting tips.
  • Drop-in Meditation, Oct. 17, 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Student Services Building
    Join University Counseling staff in a mindfulness meditation practice that will help reduce anxiety and stress-related symptoms.
  • Peace on Earth Awards, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m., Union Ballroom
    The Salt Lake Domestic Violence Coalition presents the Peace on Earth Awards to honor community members for their contributions to preventing and raising awareness about domestic violence. This year’s honorees are: Chad Sorensen and Debi Arnold (Justice Award); Brielle Decker (Empowerment Award); Tina Orme (Voice Award); and John Chadwick (Courage Award).
    To register, visit sldvc.org/register
Week 4 (Oct. 21-Oct. 27): Physical/Environmental Safety

Topics include lab safety, lighting, digital security and emergency response information.

  • Challenging Rape Culture Training, Oct. 25, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium.
    Learn how rape culture exists in our society, methods to unlearn harmful myths and the reality of sexual violence on college campuses.
Week 5 (Oct. 28-Nov. 1): Relationship Safety

Safety related to all types of relationships—from friends to peers, colleagues and intimate partners.

  • Healthy Relationships Trainings, Oct. 29-Oct. 30, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Marriott Library, Faculty Center 1705F
    Come follow a relationship, any relationship, through its natural trajectory. In this workshop, you will identify what makes a relationship “healthy,” what you want out of your relationships and how to respectfully end a relationship.

  • Escalation Film & Workshop, Oct. 28, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Suite 234, Union Building
    Join us in watching the 40-minute film, "Escalation," which tells the story of an abusive relationship—from its sweet beginning to its tragic end. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Viewing is limited to 40 individuals.
  • Film Screening: Wake UP, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building

    As part of SafeU Month, the College of Social and Behavioral Science presents Wake Up, a documentary chronicling stories from the frontlines of suicide prevention. The screening will be followed by a panel discussions. Panel participants TBA.

    Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Limited seating is available. Please RSVP to events@csbs.utah.edu.