Session 4 C

Active Bystanders Training: Building a Culture of Allyship in Your Workplace

Time: Tuesday 1:00 PM – 2:10 PM

Presenter(s): Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, World Food Programme Ombudsman and Director of the Office of Ombudsman and Mediation Services, DCY Consulting; Tatyana Fertelmeyster, LLC Founder and Principal, Connecting Differences – Learn more about these presenters by visiting the presenter page.

Level: Emerging


In the past several years, our workplaces have become more challenging, less physically and emotionally safe, filled with tension, and given to experiencing more extreme behaviors than ever before. Harassment, in the range of workplace dysfunction, ranges from innuendo and negative gossip to verbal and physical harassment, bullying, shaming, intimidation, and fear-based interactions. It can be both paralyzing and traumatic for workers at all levels. This problem is on the increase everywhere and every day across our country, and globally as well. One nationally recognized form of intervention—based entirely on sound research and curriculum development—has shown remarkable resiliency and sustainable results wherever it’s been implemented. In this dynamic and experiential workshop, participants will be carefully introduced to the basic theories, strategies, and techniques of “Training Active Bystanders” (TAB). If you are a bystander witnessing a harmful situation, you have a choice to make: Do you do something? Do you “stand by”? What can and do you do? TAB helps participants recognize when they are indeed bystanders, to analyze situations, and evaluate the possible consequences and outcomes for everyone involved. TAB heightens bystanders’ power and teaches them how to safely intervene in harm-inducing situations and generate positive interactions without being aggressive or getting physically involved. This interactive workshop will engage participants in a strong understanding of roles, ways of engaging and re-framing negative workplace events, and learning how to support and build alliances with those in harm’s way. Developing this awareness, understanding, and sensitivity to the range of challenges, and knowing what to do is especially critical for professionals in the ombuds role. Participants will have opportunities to see the model in action, learn the terminology and perspective, and come away with a fundamental understanding of how TAB may be utilized to build stronger, safer, more connected communities and a better-protected culture of allyship in their workplaces and workspaces.

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop a clear and practical understanding of the TAB model and how it can apply and be adapted to a professional workplace and workspace to create a culture of allyship and support greater emotional and physical safety.
  2. Engage with other participants to think through the challenges and benefits of implementing TAB thinking, strategies, and techniques in real-time.
  3. Learn and discern how and when to utilize specific TAB skills and perspectives
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