Agent of Change

Agent of Change is an online program in which players engage with animated  characters in scenarios reflecting realistic situations in which students are be confronted with opportunities to challenge the attitudes and behaviors that support and facilitate violence. As the narrative advances, the scenarios are responsive to players’ reactions.

Carol Mosely and Jeff Bucholtz, founders and directors of We End Violence
Program Name Level of Evidence Format Target Audience Special Features
Agent of Change
Promising Direction
  • Online Course
  • Undergraduate students
Video game-style design
Learning Objectives

This program aims to:

  • improve students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors surrounding sexual violence
  • connect students’ daily behaviors and experiences to the causes of and solutions to violence
  • give students a platform to practice bystander intervention in a virtual setting

Players participate in conversations with animated characters about sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harassment and stalking. During conversations, the students make choices about what to say and how to respond to other characters. As the students make their choices, the digital characters respond by supporting, modeling and challenging the player. This system allows players to learn, develop and practice the skills needed to prevent violence before it happens. Topics covered include: victim-blaming, gender and racial stereotypes, the connection between race and sexual violence, alcohol and sexual assault, consent, gender norms, survivor support, street harassment, reporting to law enforcement, abusive relationships, stalking, sexual harassment, masculinity norms and bystander skills.  


10 scenarios, each 3-5 minutes in length


Students can navigate their way through the 10 scenarios at their own pace. Closed captioning is available.

Population Served

Undergraduate students

Theoretical Basis For Approach

Agent of Change was developed using the following: myth acceptance, norms challenging, motivational interviewing, feminist theory, social norms theory, counter intuitive behavior, and bystander intervention.

Program Effectiveness

We End Violence has conducted two self-published evaluations of Agent of Change, in 2013 and 2015. The evaluation studies report statistically significant increases for all five assessment measures: knowledge about sexual violence, critical thinking about cultural supports of violence, bystander intervention skills and behavior, survivor support skills, and behavioral intent. There was no comparison group used in the evaluation study.


Agent of Change has been used by more than 75,000 students at 30 campuses. Current campuses include:

  • Brown University
  • Clark University
  • Colby Community College
  • Evergreen State College
  • Front Range Community College
  • Northwestern University
  • Southwestern Community College.

Agent of Change is a strong program whose theory-based elements are well-executed: it keeps students engaged by asking their opinions about the scenarios and it covers a wide range of issues. It is also unique in the way it confronts the intersection of sexual violence and racism.


For pricing information, contact Carol Mosley at A preview of the program is available on the website.