Let's Start the Convo graphic with colored conversation hearts featuring phrases like "Yes!" and "Nah."

Healthy Relationships

We are excited to host Consent Hearts: a campaign to help build a culture of #uwconsent on campus. Join us in celebrating and setting boundaries in relationships across the spectrums of friendship, dating, work, roommates, and more! Campaign inspired by and with help from NYU’s #NYUHeartsConsent.

UW has several agencies that work to create a culture of consent on campus, including the offices below. Check out their work to learn more, get supported, and get connected:

  • Consent Hearts offices- swag and more

    Don’t miss our consent heart pins and stickers boxes all across campus! Pick up materials at the following offices and more:

    • GSCC
    • Multicultural Student Center (MSC)
    • McBurney Disability Resource Center
    • Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI)
    • Center for the First Year Experience (CFYE)
    • Violence Prevention Survivor Services (VPSS)
  • UW Violence Prevention

    UHS Violence Prevention works to prevent sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking before they occur by providing primary prevention programs, training and technical assistance for and with students, staff, and faculty.

    UHS offers a variety of workshops including ActWIse (bystander intervention), DatingWIse (healthy relationships and dating violence), ListenWIse (how to support survivors) and SexWIse (healthy sexuality and sexual assault). First-year students are required to complete one of these workshops as part of the GetWIse requirement. Other students and staff can request a workshop here.

    For more information visit UHS Violence Prevention or contact violenceprevention@wisc.edu.

  • UW Survivor Services

    UHS Survivor Services (a division under Mental Health) provides confidential supportive services for UW-Madison student survivors who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Students can utilize services whether they have experienced victimization prior to coming to college or while they are enrolled as a student. 

    Services offered under Survivor Services:

    • Information and referrals about campus and community services
    • Information about and/or assistance with campus and legal reporting options
    • Support in requesting academic accommodations
    • Support in requesting protective measures or safety planning
    • Ongoing individual or group counseling (no diagnosis or session limit)
    • Information about victim rights and campus policies and procedures
    • Accompaniment to appointments (medical, legal, campus disciplinary hearings)
    • Campus trainings and advocacy support

     Students can get connected to services by emailing the general account survivorservices@wisc.edu or coming into our Open Access hours (drop-in no appointment needed) to meet with a confidential victim advocate.   

    For more information visit the Survivor Services website.

Working together to integrate consent in our everyday lives can feel exciting and liberating. From some students at the GSCC:

I feel safe and relaxed around my close friends and family in a way I rarely do around strangers because we’ve talked explicitly about our boundaries and how we want to be treated.

We think of consent as a thing you get, a tangible thing you hold on to. Consent in all things asks us to imagine a community of care that celebrates the freedom to say no and the joy in saying yes.

Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, mutual, and retractable decision among all participants.

Consent resource handouts

Relationship resources

These are some resources we think can be a good starting point for thinking critically and lovingly about your relationships across the spectrum of family, work, friendship, and sexual and romantic connections.

Please let us know what other documents or tools resonate for you or have helped you think about relationships.

I heart consent graphic

Love Means: a green flags campaign

What does love mean to you?

What do healthy relationships look like to you?

You’ve heard of “red flags” in relationships – indicators that the relationship might be unhealthy – but what about GREEN flags?

At the GSCC we often see relationship curricula and messaging around a crisis lens, and while addressing trauma is so important, we wanted to think more transformatively about relationships and the possibilities for accountability and joy in our communities. We developed the Love Means campaign and the image above to provide some alternative messaging around what our relationships often are and could be.

Check out the resources here for more ideas about structuring healthy relationships based on respect, honesty, and communication.

Inspired by and with permission from TOD@S’ #QTPOCLove campaign (see below for more).

These materials are available for anyone who wants to increase visibility for relationship health and accountability, and for anyone who wants to have a conversation with their floor, group, or staff.

Love Means poster download (PDF)

Love Means button graphic (jpg)

Discussion questions (.docx)