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UNI to offer violence prevention training

August 31, 2012

Alan Heisterkamp, director, mentors in violence prevention, UNI Center for Violence Prevention, 319-273-3124,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa is offering a two-day Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Train the Trainer Institute for UNI faculty, staff and members of the Cedar Valley community who serve the UNI campus. The first session will be offered at 8 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Maucker Union. UNI students will have the opportunity to participate in MVP training beginning at 3 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 21, through 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. 

The program is designed for educators and service providers who want to integrate the MVP model into their respective programming. The model tackles subjects such as battery, gender roles, alcohol and consent and heterosexism/homophobia. The Center for Violence Prevention serves to bring best practice and application in bullying and gender violence prevention throughout the state of Iowa.

"The vast majority of students and adults believe acts of violence are wrong and hurtful, yet we don't always know how to act or how to respond in a safe manner when they occur," said Alan Heisterkamp, director of MVP. "MVP provides a framework and platform for participants to discuss effective, pro-social, bystander strategies that can have a profound effect on the outcome of any given situation or scenario."

For more information about the institute, contact Alan Heisterkamp at 319-273-3124 or