Make your first year of college really count! Help create a culture of non-violence.

Transform culture and build community.

The Students for Violence Prevention learning community at HSU is a chance to live and learn with people who share your passion for creating a non-violent culture. As part of the program, you will take handpicked general education courses and participate in activities focused on non-violence and social justice.

Students for Violence Prevention stresses the importance of community, consent, respect, and supporting one another. It is a community to support you as you develop. Anchored by the national award-winning student bystander intervention program called CheckIT, it offers you the chance to develop skills in violence prevention and take courses from professors with expertise in non-violence and social justice.

Program highlights:

Support Network From Day One. You will work closely with other students, a team of professors, peer educators, and staff.

Guaranteed Classes. You will be automatically enrolled in courses with other participants in the learning community, and all of them satisfy general education requirements. These include hand-picked classes taught by professors who are experts in anti-violence work and who will provide classroom opportunities that build on the advocacy work of CheckIT. These courses include:

  • Act to End Sexualized Violence (1-unit weekend course)

  • Composition and Rhetoric (English 102)

  • Public Presentations (Communication 100)

  • Power/Privilege: Gender, Sex, Race and Class (CRGS 108)

You will also enroll in two other courses of your choosing during your first semester, and will get high quality advising and support.

Instant connections. As part of this program, you will be part of a community of first-year students who share the same interests. You will get support from your peers, CheckIT advocates, faculty, and staff within the learning community.

Beyond classes. You will attend social justice events, special programming, and retreats. After a year in the program, you will be very familiar with the range of violence prevention work you can engage in while you attend HSU.

Optional Themed Housing. If you choose, you can live in on-campus housing with other students who are part of Students for Violence Prevention.

Who is this program for?

Students for Violence Prevention is a themed learning community for incoming first-year students who want to create a culture of non-violence. It is for students who want to be part of a small community of other first-year students who take classes together, explore shared interests, and participate in special projects and activities.


Students in the learning community are supported by a group of dedicated staff and faculty. They will help you to make the most of your first-year experience, feel at home at Humboldt State University, find meaningful ways to connect, and create an amazing college experience.

How to apply:

The program is limited to the first 25 students who apply and demonstrate their interest.

  1. Apply for the Students for Violence Prevention Program: Application is below. There is no cost to apply and all applications will be considered.

  2. Housing: If you intend to live in the on-campus living community of Students for Violence Prevention, complete the housing application and select our themed housing option, and pay the deposit as soon as possible.

  3. Admission: Confirm your admission to HSU at humboldt.edu/myhumboldt. Make sure to complete all to-do list items.

  4. Humboldt Orientation Program: Sign up for fall orientation for new freshmen.

SVP Application

*Login to your Google account may be required*

Contact us! If you have any questions about the SVP program, please contact Lauren Lynch in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences by phone at 707-826-4491, or by email at svp@humboldt.edu.