Violence Outreach Intervention and Community Empowerment(VOICE)

VOICE is a peer outreach program created by Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP) to engage USC students in supporting survivors of trauma and preventing sexual and gender-based violence in their respective communities on campus. VOICE Representatives complete an initial six-hour training to broaden their awareness of sexual violence, trauma, stalking and relationship abuse. They also learn about campus and local resource providers, and practice strategies for supporting a peer in crisis. Representatives use their knowledge to serve as liaisons between RSVP and their peers who are seeking assistance, information or support. These students continue to explore issues related to gender and sexual-based violence through biweekly meetings which are generally held on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

VOICE representatives are compassionate and committed students who represent the broad range of identities, communities and academic programs on campus. These students want to make a real difference in how the Trojan Family responds to sexual and gender-based violence. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information, see our program Frequently Asked Questions.

To learn more about the VOICE program, feel free to attend one of our information sessions. Information sessions will be held in the RSVP conference room in ESHC 356:

In VOICE Year 1, VOICE Representatives are expected to:
• Attend 3 mandatory trainings (listed below)
• Attend biweekly meetings on Fridays from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
• Complete 2-3 marketing outreaches during the Spring semester
• Engage USC community in monthly outreach tabling on various topics related to sexual and gender-based harm (total of 6-7 hours/semester).

Training and Meeting Dates for 2016-2017

VOICE representatives must attend one Session 1, one Session 2, and one Session 3 training (3 training sessions total). By applying to the program, you are committing to completion of the training and regular attendance at the biweekly meeting times listed below. Sessions are held at the Engemann Student Health Center, Trojan Conference Room, ESH 101.

Session 1
Monday 9/26/16 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ESH 101)
Tuesday 9/27/16 5:00-7:00 p.m. (ESH 101)
Friday 9/30/16 11:00am-1:00 p.m. (Fishbowl)

Session 2
Monday 10/3/16 1:30-3:00 p.m. (ESH 101)
Tuesday 10/4/16 5:00-7:00 p.m. (ESH 101)
Friday 10/7/16 11:00am-1:00 p.m. (Fishbowl)

Session 3
Monday 10/10/16 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ESH 101)
Tuesday 10/11/16 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Redwood Room, Student Counseling)
Friday 10/14/16 11:00am-1:00 p.m. (Fishbowl)

Makeup Training (for representatives who miss one or more sessions)
Session 1: Monday 10/17/16 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ESH 101)
Session 2: Tuesday 10/18/16 5:00-7:00 p.m. (ESH 101)
Session 3: Friday 10/21/16 11:00am-1:00 p.m. (Fishbowl)
There will be no additional make-up sessions will be scheduled.

Biweekly Meeting Dates
In order to participate in the VOICE program, you must be able to attend the biweekly meetings for both semesters. You may only miss 1 meeting during the Spring semester.

Fall Semester 2016
10/28, (Fishbowl) 11/11, (Fishbowl), 12/2 (Fishbowl)
Spring Semester 2017
1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, (Fishbowl) 3/3, 3/24, 4/28 (Fishbowl)

VOICE Year 2
For 2016-2017, returning VOICE Representatives from the 2015-2016 program will have the opportunity to participate in a Year 2 cohort in order to remain connected to RSVP and to continue their involvement in VOICE as liaisons, educators, and leaders. All meetings will be held from 11:00am-1:00pm in the RSVP Group Room:

Initial Mandatory Meeting/Training
9/2 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) OR 9/3 (8:00 am-12:00 pm)

Fall Semester
9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2

Spring Semester
1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/10, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28

In VOICE Year 2, VOICE Representatives are expected to:
• Attend biweekly meetings on Fridays from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
• Complete an initial 4-hour training which includes a Year 1 refresher course, an introduction to workshop facilitation, and training in VOICE educational presentations
• Complete 2-3 marketing outreaches/semester
• Deliver 2 educational presentations/semester
• Publish 1 blog post per semester on a topic of sexual/gender-based harm
• Engage USC community in monthly outreach tabling on various topics related to sexual and gender-based harm (total of 6-7 hours/semester).
• Plan 2-3 socials for both VOICE Year 1 and Year 2 Representatives/semester
• Plan 1-2 large-scale campus programs as a VOICE cohort: one for Stalking Awareness Week in January and/or another for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April


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