Personal Power

What is Personal Power?


Determine your values and discover your voice to overcome the bystander effect.

PersonalPower empowers students to go beyond bystander behavior and to intervene in problem situations. This workshop fosters personal development and it teaches students to empower others to do the same. PersonalPower is a program of the nationally renowned Response Ability Project, and we are pleased to be able to offer this program at Denison!

The news and the media are constantly showing us what is wrong with society and what issues are constantly becoming more and more prevalent, especially on our college campuses. Students know what problems they face, but they don’t always have the tools necessary to combat these issues. Through the lessons shared in the workshop, participants will be guided towards living a life of confidence and integrity.

This workshop explores personal and organizational values, what bystander behavior is, what barriers keep us from intervening, intervention styles and skills and concludes with skill building and a commitment to lead with integrity. The workshop is targeted to impact behaviors like hazing, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual abuse/assault, bullying and discrimination on college campuses.

Participants will be actively engaged in developing their skills and have the opportunity to practice interventional skills.

PersonalPower is a program of the Campus Leadership & Involvement Center and the Leadership Fellows, with partial funding by the Denison Campus Governance Association.

How do I apply to participate in PersonalPower?

Personal Power will not be offered in the 2016-17 academic year. Check back in the fall of 2017 for applications!

What are the requirements of PersonalPower?

PersonalPower is intended for any Denison student interested in learning more about leadership and bystander interventions.
Participants must be available all day in order to take full advantage of the PersonalPower hands-on experience.

Is there a charge to participate?

PersonalPower is FREE to all students who are selected and attend the program. Participants will be asked to submit a Commitment Form signifying their commitment to attend. Should a student that submits this form fail to do so, his/her student account will be charged $50.
PersonalPower participants will receive lunch free of charge.

When is PersonalPower and where is it located?

Personal Power will not be offered in the 2016-17 academic year. Check back in the fall of 2017 for applications!

How can I get more information?

Feel free to contact the Leadership Fellows (

What will I learn?

Participants will:
  • Commit to being a person of action – living out organizational/personal values and confronting unhealthy behaviors
  • Break down the barriers that keep bystanders from intervening when problematic behavior arises
  • Develop collaborative and supportive relationships with fellow participants
  • Demonstrate and practice strategies for interventions