Student Life

Katy demonstrating a protective stance to a student

The Dean of Students’ Office is sponsoring free personal safety and self-defense workshops this term .  UMove workshops will take place at the CCRB on Wednesdays March 7th  and April 4th. Students can register in advance, but walk-ins are also welcome.

These workshops are also available for groups of 10 or more students including friends, roommates, student organizations, residence halls, teams, etc.  and can be scheduled at the group’s convenience. Contact instructor Katy Mattingly, author of Self-Defense: Steps to Survival, at to schedule a workshop for a student group.

Self-Defense Skills for Everyday Life What are my choices for protecting myself? What about muggings? Stranger assault? Panhandlers? Break-ins? Hate crimes? This workshop includes risk assessment, common perpetrator tactics, and an introduction to simple and effective physical, verbal and emotional self-defense and risk reduction techniques. Come find out how self-defense skills and strategies can help in the most common dangerous situations for students on college campuses. This workshop is free, and open to people of all genders, identities and physical abilities. We will not be learning martial arts, and you do not have to be physically fit to empower yourself by learning about personal safety. Survivors of violence are welcome; you're invited to participate in whatever way works for you.