Violence Intervention Prevention Center
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How to Be Involved

This year we'll be experiencing big change with involvement opportunities as we transition into a new structure launching in the fall that is issue-focused and mission-oriented.
Involvement with VIP won't be your typical volunteer experience! More than just accruing hours and completing in-space tasks, we're working on creating a structure that lends itself to meaningful work and a sustainable connection to VIP, violence prevention, and social justice.


What is SPARC?

SPARC (Support|Peer|Activism|Resources|Connection) is a group of students dedicated to engaging in advocacy and activism around issues of interpersonal violence on UK's campus. As a member of SPARC you will be provided opportunities and training to develop your skills related to crisis intervention, advocacy, activism, public speaking, team building, and much more. As an activist you will design informative programs for UK, work on community outreach, develop larger activism projects, and provide support to those who have experienced interpersonal violence. You will be a knowledgeable resource for others while gaining valuable understandings of the realities, theories, and current prevention work done in this field. While working with SPARC you will gain personal insights and form strong bonds with your fellow activists. SPARC is a great way to get involved, strengthen your skills and change our world - all while meeting other engaged and passionate activists.

What does SPARC do?

SPARC works to respond to and raise awareness of interpersonal violence issues across the university and in our communities. Through collaboration and activism our advocates and educators look to create opportunities for culture change.

SPARC Educators

SPARC EDUCATORS provide programming and presentations on topics such as Consent, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Partner Violence, Title IX, Technology and Safety, Healthy Relationships, and others as developed.

How do I become a SPARC Educator?

  • Monday, February 2: SPARC applications released -Download the application here, on VIP's OrgSync page, or in VIP's space in the Lower Level of Frazee Hall. Turn in a hard copy of your application to the VIP Center.
  • Thursday, February 12: SPARC info session at the VIP Center, 5-7pm - Come learn more about the program, have your questions answered by VIP Staff and SPARC student interns, and connect with other potential SPARC Advocates and Educators.
  • Wednesday, March 4: SPARC applications due - Make sure to have a hard copy of your application turned into the VIP Center by 5pm.
  • Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13 and March 23-27: SPARC Advocate and Educator Interviews - Applicants will be notified of their status in the program by Wednesday, April 1.
  • Mid or late April: Cohort pre-meeting

Contact Information

If you have questions about the SPARC Educator position, email Catherine Martin at Educator applications should be turned into Catherine Martin in the VIP Center, Lower Level of Frazee Hall.

TBTN Planning

Get ready for Take Back the Night 2015! Take Back the Night (TBTN) is Lexington's annual march and rally that allows you (and the rest of the community) to take a stand against interpersonal violence in our community. Through the TBTN planning committee, you will connect and collaborate with other students, campus partners, community organizations, and other local colleges and universities as we join together to create the event that has become a staple in the Lexington community. Join us by contributing to the campus and community conversation around this issue as we plan for this April 2015 event!

VIP's Green Team

If you're interested in learning more or becoming a Green Team member, email Catherine or the VIP Center.


Anyone can be a join the Green Team! Membership is open to anyone (students, staff, and faculty) on campus and can be attained through emailing Catherine or the VIP Center.


VIP's very own street team. Largely student driven, the Green Team will generate and complete various tasks and activities. These could include more topical/time-relevant things, such as contributing to a related topic on Twitter and plastering campus with posters for an up-coming event, or a more regular activity, such as wearing a VIP/Green Dot shirt every Friday.


Whenever a task or activity is sent out. Green Team members will receive (via email, OrgSync, text, etc.) frequent activities to complete. Be on the look-out for a new task at any moment to complete and help contribute to the conversation around this important issue!


Wherever you are! Green Team tasks can be completed on or off campus, in person, through social media, in your classes, at work, with student organizations, while out with friends- anywhere!


We want to create a buzz on campus! In our ideal world, people would always be thinking, and talking about ways that they can prevent violence and how they can help create a safe campus environment. While we recognize that this is a big task, the Green Team acts as a catalyst for those thoughts - and action - to take place! The Green Team focuses on outreach and education by creating a space for constant conversation and awareness about violence prevention and the role that each individual on campus plays in creating a violence-free campus. By taking the message out of VIP and onto the streets, we're creating larger spaces where this conversation is taking place, helping people find their connection to this issue, and ultimately changing the culture!

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