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Check It is a student driven movement towards the deconstruction and prevention of sexualized violence at Humboldt State University (Arcata, California). This innovative program calls for bystander intervention in the event one witnesses an act or potential act of harm. Through providing information on rape, sexual assault, stalking, or dating violence, and emphasizing consent, their mission is to build community accountability within and outside the school and reject the dominative narratives that normalize sexual violence in today’s society.

CHECK IT (the verb): to respond in the moment to potential harm we may witness (specifically sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking). To intervene, to make a choice to do something when we see an absence of consent or a situation where someone may or is being targeted.

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Creation[edit | edit source]

Humboldt State University's Sexual Assault Prevention Committee is a coalition of faculty, staff, students, law enforcement.,community members and students, teamed with advocates and counselors from Humboldt county’s NorthCoast Rape Crisis Team, with an aim towards the elimination of all forms of sexualized violence.

Though HSU's Sexual Assault Prevention work is through a survivor-centered framework, Check It was formed to integrate a program within which students can extract tools for becoming an active bystander.

Events[edit | edit source]

  • Launch Party

The newly form group launched the program on February 21st 2014 in Humboldt State's Kate Buchanan Room. The party consisted of a video reel of the programs mission, introductory speeches, food, performances and a live DJ.

  • Check It Party

The Check It Party was their second event, held on May 2nd 2014, and included performances, food, a live DJ and a consent themed (non-alcoholic) mix drink bar. Where the goal of the launch party was to inform the community of it's mission, this party was to provide resources for those interested in intervention practices and consent.

Check It & Media[edit | edit source]

In order to generate interest and promote their launch party, the Check It organizers started and participated in a "Why Do You Check?" campaign, in which members were asked to record videos of themselves explaining why they Check It and how they are interested and passionate not only the prevention of harm, but the importance of building community as well. They also documented their many flash mobs around campus, some that included momentarily interrupting lectures to pass out flyers, listen to music, and write about the Launch party on whiteboards.

Check It regularly uses Facebook to enhance their engagement with HSU students. It helped the team easily share their launch video, as well as their "Why Do You Check it?" videos. Just recently they held a mini-contest for free t-shirts to the club or school organization who's photo and answer to "Why Do You Check It?" gained the most likes.

Check It instagram uses photos from their inaugural events and from organizers to elicit awareness of the program to a wider range of HSU students.

External links[edit | edit source]

Media & International Social Change (ANTH 329) is a course taught through the Department of Anthropology at Humboldt State University by instructor Jessie M. Cretser-Hartenstein.

Experiential Learning Assignment[edit | edit source]

The purpose of this assignment is to better understand the role that new media play in globalization and international social change from a grassroots level. The platform we will be using for this assignment is, a locally founded non-profit organization with global reach.

You will:

  • Choose a topic that interests you. The topic must be original and relevant/applicable to ANTH 329 as well as Appropedia’s mission. Your topic could be a specific movement, organization, or group that utilizes media to promote social change, a how-to guide that presents valuable information on using new media for the greater good, or anything else that you think deserves attention in this arena. You must submit your topic to the Moodle forum and receive approval from your instructor before proceeding.
  • Research this topic and compose a 500-1000 word wiki article
  • Create a user profile and "About Me" page, then post your article to (see Technical Instructions below)
  • Make your page appear palatable and appealing with proper headings, photos, layout, etc. Be sure to caption your images and only use those that you have permission to publish (see Help:Images for info on uploading images)
  • Reference all sources properly with links (see Help:Footnotes for help on special wiki citation format)
  • When your project is complete, add it to the Selected Topics section below and submit the URL to your page via the Experiential Learning Assignment link on Moodle.

Past Projects[edit | edit source]

Here are examples of wiki pages created by students at HSU.

Selected Topics 2014[edit | edit source]

Please type your selected project and your username following the example format below:

*[[Example Topic Page Name]]
**[[User:JessieMisha Jessie M. Cretser-Hartenstein]]

Technical Instructions[edit | edit source]

If you are a student in this course, please do the following to start your project:

  1. Create a User Account. Click on "create account" in the upper right corner and follow instructions to pick a username and password. Consider using a name that represents you in a professional manner.
  2. Create your userpage using these instructions at ANTH 329 post userpage assignment.
  3. After creating your userpage, type a unique name for your topic (see the examples above) into the search bar.
  4. Click go and then create this page.
  5. Copy and paste the following at the very bottom of your page (including the brackets):
    [[Category:ANTH329 Media and International Social Change]]
  6. If you don't want other people to change or edit your work, you can pop the following code in at the top of your page:
    {{ANTH329inprogress|May 15, 2014}} This will not technically stop anyone from making changes, but it will let the public know that the page is part of a class project. Alternatively, you can omit this portion and allow the social network of this new media forum to collaborate in the creation of your page.
  7. Create the content for your page - include text of article, headings, images (remember that images must have the proper rights), etc. More help on coding is available at Help:Contents.
  8. Once your article and userpage are both finished, you will post your project under Selected Topics 2014 and submit the link/URL for your page via the assignment page on Moodle to complete the project. You must do this in order to receive a grade for the work you've done.