Aaron Boe is a nationally recognized consultant, trainer, and speaker. His specific area of expertise lies in proactive educational programs to reduce and prevent sexual misconduct and abuse in relationships.
As Founder and Lead Curriculum Developer, he combines subject matter expertise, insights from the social sciences, and perspectives from his own experience as a fraternity man and athlete to creatively design programs that are grounded in theory and research but engage men and women of all ages.
- Developer of award-winning programs
- Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence in Higher Education for the ACPA – co-authored guidance on prevention education
- Higher Education Risk Management Certified (HERM-C)
- Frequent presenter at national conferences on Title IX, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Student Conduct
- Speaker and trainer for audiences of all levels, from middle school students to veteran Higher Ed administrators, counselors, and alumni volunteers
- Consultant to over a dozen national fraternal organizations
- Husband and dad of five
- Fraternity man and former athlete
Additional context and history:
Throughout two decades of analyzing, studying, and developing educational approaches to shift behavior to prevent interpersonal harm, Aaron Boe honed the skill of addressing serious issues in a way that can be grounded in theory and research but framed in a way that allows them to be relevant and well-received by all.
In 1996 Aaron worked as a trainer and mentor with college students in The Southwestern Company’s summer entrepreneurship, personal development and leadership program. In 2002 Aaron Boe began working with schools and student leaders to address school culture issues, and developed innovative approaches to addressing peer aggression, bullying, and the spectrum of interpersonal harm in schools. His graduate work at the time focused on educational psychology as it applies to student motivation and educator effectiveness.
Originally inspired by the experience of a victim/survivor close to him, he chose to narrow his focus in 2006 to figure out what works and what doesn’t in terms of shifting behaviors to prevent sexual misconduct and abuse in relationships. He spent five years studying the issues of sexual assault and abusive relationships before speaking to his first audience. From his work in changing school and organizational cultures, he was influenced by the work of Robert Fritz, Dr. William Glasser and other theorists to take a more positive to addressing change. This approach made sense intuitively and it proved to be effective in engaging both men and women of all ages.
Aaron Boe found a natural fit with the need to reach and gain buy-in from boys and men of all ages and his ability to design programs on serious issues that men actually enjoy and connect with. He founded Prevention Culture to meet the needs of schools, institutions, and organizations to implement more effective proactive measures to reduce and prevent harm, and partnered with Dr. Brian Mistler to provide the resources needed for change.
The innovative choice of taking a more positive, developmental approach to addressing behavior change is supported by theory and has proven to be effective. It increases connection and learning, as well as making the experience more positive for both the learner and the facilitator, thereby making educational programs more sustainable and accelerating the process of culture change.
On Prevention Education Design
Aaron Boe believes in the importance of applying multiple theories from the social sciences as they relate to influencing behavior, as well as searching for insights from neuroscience and cognitive linguistics to accelerate the impact for change on a large scale.
A quote from Aaron Boe on where we find ourselves now:
“Countless people have done courageous work to enact meaningful change and to raise awareness about the issues of abuse in relationships and sexual misconduct of various kinds. Too often, however, people are now “aware” of an issue that they still do not understand, and their misunderstandings lead to continued confusion, complacency and resistance. Too many otherwise caring and decent people, including parents, young people, and leaders of organizations and institutions, are not bought in and fully engaged because they simply do not understand the issues of sexual misconduct and abusive relationships in the ways that matter most. In prevention education, our goal is not to talk about the issues of sexual misconduct and abusive relationships; we are working to shift specific behaviors and specific attitudes, and that requires a very careful analysis of what messages are being sent, and their effectiveness in gaining buy-in and shifting attitudes in a sustainable and meaningful way.”