SPARC (Students Preventing Assault and Rape in our Community) is a peer education program designed to prevent sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. Additionally, SPARC works to provide information and resources to survivors of sexual violence and their friends and loved ones. WPI students educate their peers through programs and trainings and collaborate with other student groups to bring awareness to the issue of sexual violence in our community.

Goals

  • To provide programs for the college community on issues relating to sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking, and consent.
  • To provide information and resources to survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence.
  • To promote bystander intervention and increase students’ confidence in their ability to make WPI a safer environment.

Schedule a program: To request a SPARC presentation or workshop, contact sparcexec@wpi.edu. Let us know what topics you’d like covered, the size of your audience, and the date, time, and location.

Get Involved and Make a Difference in SPARC

SPARC would like to have you as a member. Email the SPARC exec board at sparcexec@wpi.edu. You may also call the Student Development & Counseling Center at 508-831-5540 and ask for Matt Barry, our advisor. You can keep up with SPARC events through our Facebook and TechSync  pages.

Member Responsibilities

  • Complete mandatory training sessions for peer educators.
  • Attend regularly scheduled group meetings.
  • Participate in SPARC presentations for a variety of audiences (including student organizations, Insight Teams, athletic teams, RAs, CAs, Greek chapters, ROTC).
  • Be knowledgeable about area resources both on and off campus, including counseling servicesStudent Health ServicesPathways for Change (Central MA's rape crisis center), and refer survivors to the appropriate services.
  • Help plan and execute large campus events, including Take Back the Night and The Clothesline Project during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).

Benefits

  • Contribute to making the WPI community a safer place.
  • Gain valuable experience while developing teaching, communication, presentation, and group facilitation skills.
  • Become part of a skilled team of students committed to providing accurate, nonjudgmental college health information to the WPI community.