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SAPET (the Sexuality Awareness & Personal Empowerment Team) is a collective of trained, peer educators who provide training and dialogue in classrooms, residence halls, and other campus spaces to empower students to lead healthy interpersonal relationships.

SAPET also brings events, campaigns, trainings, and programs to PLU and the surrounding community that place an emphasis on gender equity, sexuality, health, and violence prevention work.

Meet Your SAPET Coordinator: Maddie Titelbaum

Maddie is a PLU student majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in both Sociology and Non-profit Leadership.

Some of Maddie’s favorite things include: Cheetos, spending quality time with friends, hiking, traveling, having a good cry while watching “Queer Eye,” activism involving intersectionality and social justice, and intentional conversations. Maddie’s pronouns are she/her/hers and she can be reached at sapet@plu.edu.

Become a member

Become a SAPET member today! Engage in meaningful discussions, gain public speaking experience, and educate the PLU community. Email sapet@plu.edu for membership inquiries!

What does SAPET offer?

  • Leadership development and volunteer opportunities for PLU students.
  • A chance to facilitate dialogue on the role of culture and norms in shaping our behaviors with regards to gender and sexuality.
  • Student leadership in campus activism and social justice.
  • An opportunity to shape and implement public education programming.
  • 30 hours of professional peer-education and advocacy training.
  • Annual event and campaign coordination (such as Take Back the Night, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, etc.).
  • On-demand training for students, staff, and faculty on a variety of gender and social justice focused topics.

Our Workshops Include:

This workshop examines how relationships seen in the media and personal experience shape our idea of intimacy. Participants will consider the values, strengths, and weaknesses they bring to interpersonal relationships. Unhealthy and abusive relationship red flags will also be discussed.

What is the difference between sex and gender? Aren’t there just two genders? What does it mean to be trans and is that a common experience? This presentation addresses these and other questions related to gender and sexuality.

Though often forgotten, men do have a gender, and the masculinities they present are often limited by social expectations. This presentation unpacks what it means to be male, explores the impact of hegemonic masculinity on our society, and the privileges and limitations inherent in being male in a patriarchal society.

This training prepares each member of the PLU community to be active bystanders and look out for one another in order to create a safer community for all. We care about our friends – this presentation provides an overview of warning signs and skills for response when they are at risk.

Request a Workshop


We’re happy to tailor existing workshops to better fit your needs and to work with you to develop new trainings and dialogues for your particular audience. Email Sapet@plu.edu for more information!

Check out our annual events!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Contact the Sexuality Awareness & Personal Empowerment Team at sapet@plu.edu to find out how you can participate in or even plan an event!

Take Back the Night

Take back the night is an internationally held march and rally intended to be a protest of and direct action against rape and other forms of sexual violence. Join PLU students in a conversation with faculty, students and staff around the realities of sexual violence followed by a march around campus with our Radical Cheerleaders. Come be a part of the movement to “take back the night” from sexual violence in our community and worldwide! There will be performers, speakers, and food!

Join us Thursday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Red Square!