NEW YORK—The Columbia University Office of Student Life and Columbia Athletics joined to host the annual Step Up Against Sexual Assault Workout Program on Sunday, April 23 in the Dodge Fitness Center Blue Gym. The event featured a campus-wide workout focused on team-building exercises and information on how to prevent sexual assault through bystander intervention. A number of Columbia student-athletes volunteered their time to help lead the workouts and demonstrate the exercises.
"The athletes were really energetic and excited to help,” said Prevention Coordinator at Columbia University's Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center Abdul Staten. “They definitely got the students excited to participate, so the program didn't feel like another event that you had to do; rather, it felt like an event where you could have fun. From demonstrating the workouts to helping to lead the discussions of how the workouts relate to bystander intervention, the athletes were great role models. We definitely look forward to working with them again in the future. They took their roles and responsibilities seriously (without taking themselves seriously), and, most of all, made the event fun!”
“I thought that Step Up was a great way to get lots of people involved in a great cause,” Columbia senior women's basketball player Jillian Borreson CC '18 said. “I really enjoyed coaching my team and reading into the purpose of doing athletic exercises while also becoming an active bystander. The event was energetic and informational. I felt confident, empowered and educated after I finished.”