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Violence Prevention Educators (VPE)

Violence Prevention Educators (VPE) are North Dakota State University students who are highly training in issues of sexual and relationship violence.  These students develop and implement prevention and awareness efforts on the NDSU campus.  Efforts include organizing campus wide events such as Take Back the Night and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as well as facilitating workshops for peers in classrooms, residence halls, Greek chapters, and student groups (really, wherever students are, VPE’s will be there!). 

2013 - 2014 Violence Prevention Educators

VPE Recruitment Information

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2013 - 2014 Violence Prevention Educators

Josh Boe, Human Development and Family Sciences Masters Students
Anna Dalen, History/Social Science Education
Katie Danielson, Biological Sciences
Joshua Hintz, Human Development and Family Science
Angie Kraemer, Psychology
Bridget Kruger, Advertising
David Kurtii, Sociology / Women and Gender Studies
Mercedes Lee, English / Women and Gender Studies
Macy Royston, Pharmacy
Kayla Sawchak, Social Work and Family Science
Sarah Sisser, Public Relations and Advertising
Samantha Steckler, Zoology
Courtney Thoennes, Psychology
Samantha Wickramasinghe, Journalism
Katrina Wilke, Social Work and HDFS

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Become a VPE!

What kind of background do I need to become a VPE?

There is no specific experience necessary to apply – all accepted applicants will complete 40-hours of intensive training with local experts to gain essential knowledge and experience on sexual assault and relationship violence as well as program planning. and presentation skills.

The selection committee will be looking for well-rounded students who have strong skills in verbal communication, organization, and stress management. A passion for ending sexual and relationship violence in our community is required.

How much of a commitment is this program?

A big one – which is why it is so important that educators are passionate about the program and the issue. Commitments include:

- All members will participate in 40 hours of training that takes place throughout two weekends prior to the fall semester. No exceptions will be made.

- All members are required to attend weekly meetings that last approximately one hour. The date and time of the meeting will be coordinated based on the availability of all VPEs.

- All VPEs must be able to commit to at least one year with the program.

- Each VPE will facilitate at least one workshop/discussion per month

What will I gain from joining the VPE program?

- Increased knowledge of sexual and relationship violence and how it impacts our campus

- Public speaking experience

- Networking opportunities with professionals

- New friends!

- The knowledge that you are playing a major role in ending interpersonal violence in our community!

How do I apply?

Thank you for your interest in the VPE Program.

We are currently accepting applications from students interested in being a part of the 2014-2015 VPE cohort. 

Applications can be picked up at the front desk of Memorial Union 250 - Office of Student Life or printed from this PDF: VPE Application

If you have questions please contact Sarah Dodd at

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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:34:42 AM