Tigers Care

Tigers Care logo, featuring a tiger striped heart in the middle.

Supportive. Caring. Brave. Aware.

Tigers Care is a campus-wide effort to enhance, promote, and sustain a culture of caring and support at RIT.

What does it mean to care?

Caring means showing kindness or concern for others. It means thinking of others and doing something kind for someone else.

How do we show our community and the people within our community that we care?


Ask someone to lunch


Ask someone if they are okay


Ask how someone's day is


Compliment someone


Smile

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What does it mean to be supportive?


Listen


Show up for people


Thank people


Offer your help


Know your resources

What does being brave look like on campus?


Take a risk

Thinking someone
might need help?
Ask them!


Connect with resources

Case Management is available to assist students in connecting to resources on and off campus.


Speak up

Even if you don't know what to say. Saying something is better than being silent.

How does intervening relate to showing you care?

Being an active bystander means you choose to respond to a situation rather than walking away or ignoring it. You choose to get active and involved, tell someone else, or get help.

What is bystander intervention?

Bystander Intervention is recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interaction and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome.

When do people act and decide to intervene?

People, including students just like you, decide to intervene when they have:

  • an increased understanding of what the problem is or could be
  • visible role models - like you!
  • an understanding of their own values and the expectations of the RIT Community
  • increased confidence in decision making when it comes to potentially risky, dangerous, or harmful situations
  • been taught how to intervene safely

What else do we know?

It gets easier the more you do it.

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Not sure how to intervene?
Direct. Delegate. Distract.


Direct

If you feel it is safe, do something yourself to directly intervene.


Delegate

If you can't do something yourself for one reason or another, ask others to help, consult with an advisor, or call Public Safety 585-475-2850. Online reporting tools are available if you wish to report a concern about a friend's well-being or wish to report an incident. 


Distract

If you don't want to address the situation directly or even acknowledge you see it, for safety concerns or other reasons, try to think of a distraction that will defuse the situation or calm things down in the moment. Ask for the time, date, directions.

Check-in and Follow up!

Conversation starters for when you might be concerned about someone:

Concerned about mental health:

  • I've noticed you have been looking down, is everything okay?
  • I've noticed you weren't in class the last few days, everything okay?
  • Need someone to talk to?
  • Can I help walk you to the counseling center?
  • Should I call public safety?
  • How are you doing?
  • I am saying something because I care about you.

Concerned about alcohol or a dangerous situation:

  • Do you want to leave with me?
  • Can I give you a ride home or walk you back to your home?
  • Do you want me to call someone for you?
  • I was uncomfortable when (describe situation).
  • I am concerned about you and want you to know help is available.

How can you be more aware?

There are many issues facing college students today. Being more aware of what your peers are going through is one place to start. Being aware does not mean that you know all of the information, statistics, or exactly what to say. It means being mindful that others may be facing challenges, too.

Tigers Care is who we are, how we act, and how we treat one another.

At RIT, we're always caring for each other. We are Tigers Care.

Looking for more information about Tigers Care
or interested in hosting a Tigers Care Program please e-mail:
tigerscare@rit.edu

Look for the Tigers Care Committee around campus every Tuesday!