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 Humboldt 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 required general education classes that are exclusive to the SVP group of students.  Students will also enroll in the Act to End Sexualized Violence weekend seminar with renowned anti-violence experts. SVP participants will also work with their Academic Advisor to select several classes that interest them and allow them to progress in their majors.

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 Humboldt.

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

  • SVP create consent culture.
  • SVP pumpkin patch trip.
  • SVP mugs.

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 Cal Poly Humboldt, find meaningful ways to connect, and create an amazing college experience.

How to apply:

The program is limited to the first 50 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 Humboldt at Make sure to complete all to-do list items.

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

The SVP Application for AY 2023-2024 will open soon!

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