Standing Up Instead of Standing By

Standing Up Instead of Standing By: Being an Active Bystander

Date: November 7, 2019

This workshop aimed to lower the barriers to appropriate bystander action through awareness, knowledge, preparation and practice. Often bystanders will face some difficult choices. There are usually more options than we may think...and no single 'right' response. This workshop intended to help participants assess bystander situations they find themselves in and be able to evaluate a variety of options for responding.


Learning Outcomes

  • Consider yourself as a "host" to others - setting the tone and expectations
  • Recognize opportunities for intervention
  • Assess when and how to intervene
  • Review intervention strategies during and after an event
  • Practice intervention strategies


Libby Mahaffy

Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
Human Resources, MIT

Libby Mahaffy is a seasoned conflict management trainer, coach, facilitator, and mediator. As the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist in MIT’s Human Resources department, she consults with DLCs across campus to bring trainings and processes to aid inclusion initiatives. Additionally, she works with the internal Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to create an inclusive and equitable environment for MIT employees, and runs various diversity-related open enrollment courses through central Human Resources.

Libby is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and holds a certification in the Kantor Structural Dynamics Profile. With a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in Spanish and social science, and a master's degree from Tufts University in urban and environmental policy and planning, Libby brings a social and environmental justice perspective to her interpersonal and diversity work.