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UNI to offer violence prevention training to students

January 22, 2013

Alan Heisterkamp, director, Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute, 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 students. The first session will be offered at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 and the second session will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, in UNI's Wellness and Recreation Center, Rooms 150 and 155.

"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. "The MVP model is a bystander education program designed to teach and instruct participants on the leadership skills necessary to prevent bullying and gender violence from occurring."

MVP addresses the social norms that support violence and abuse and how bystanders can lead in community prevention efforts. Previous MVP student trainings have included men and women from all UNI colleges, as well as resident life, athletics, fine arts, student government and Greek life. The sessions are free and open to all students, but student leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Those interested in participating must register by Feb. 8.

To register, visit For more information about the institute, contact Heisterkamp at, 319-273-3124.