Campus Conversation: Taylor Outler

“I am an intern with Healthy Carolina Initiatives and I work closely with Tayler Simon, who is the coordinator. We work together to ensure the Gamecocks Stand Up ambassadors are set up for success. Bystander intervention can be the difference between life and death sometimes, so noticing signs and choosing it’s important enough to stand up is essential. There are so many times where people believe 'oh, someone is definitely going to help them' and the reality is they don’t. Be the person you are thinking will do it and set the example. It has been proven that if at least one person speaks up and stands up for what is happening, others will follow. It can be challenging to stand up when you see something that is a cause for intervention. There are so many factors that can turn you away, or you just don’t feel like it’s your job. Well, it is your job. It’s the job of everyone to make a safe and supportive environment on our campus for all of us to flourish. When I’m deciding I always think, 'what if that was me?,' and decide to intervene. I would only hope that if I was in a situation that needed intervention someone would stand up for me."

- Taylor Outler, senior exercise science major, health promotion, education and behavior minor

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