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Green Dots You Can Do Right Now

Green Dot opportunities are infinite. You don't have to do them all, but you have to do some. Look for the Green Dots where your skill, interest, passion and opportunity intersect! That is where you can have the biggest impact.

No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something!

Green Dots for Those Too Busy to Do Green Dots

  • Hang a Green Dot poster on your room or office door.
  • Send a mass email to your contact list with a simple message like, "This issue is important to me and I believe in the goal of reducing violence on campus."
  • Change your email signature line to include the statement, "Proud to be a supporter of Green Dot" and include the link to Whitworth's Green Dot website (
  • Donate to a local rape crisis center or domestic violence shelter and write "Supporter of Green Dot" in the memo line.
  • Next time you are walking to class with a friend or taking a lunch break with a co-worker, have one conversation about Green Dot and tell your friend that ending violence matters to you.
  • Add the phrase "supporter of Green Dot; ending violence one Green Dot at a time" to your Facebook or Twitter account.
  • Make one announcement to one group or organization you are involved in, telling them about Green Dot.
  • Write a paper or do a class assignment on violence prevention.
  • Wear a Green Dot button and be willing to explain Green Dot to anyone who asks.

Green Dots for Men

  • Tell a woman in your life that conquering power-based personal violence matters to you.
  • Ask women in your life about the impact power-based personal violence has had on them.
  • Ask a woman in your life what you can do to help take a stand against violence.
  • Have one conversation with one male friend or relative about Green Dot.
  • Ask a man in your life about the impact personal violence has had on him or on someone he cares about.
  • Ask one male friend or relative what he thinks about power-based personal violence and what men could do to help stop it.
  • Visit the Jackson Katz website ( and read "10 Things Men Can Do To End Gender Violence."
  • Have a conversation with a younger man or boy who looks up to you about how important it is for men to help end violence.
  • If you suspect someone you care about is a victim of violence, gently ask if you can help.
  • Google "Men Against Violence" and read what men around the country are doing.
  • Look out for friends in places where alcohol is served to ensure that everyone arrives and leaves together (not alone).
  • Create a fund-raiser for Whitworth Green Dot or a local organization that works to address violence.
  • With two male friends, attend a program or event designed to raise awareness about violence.

Green Dots for Faculty

  • Get training on the warning signs of potential abuse or violence, and respond when you see them.
  • Where appropriate, bring educational programming on interpersonal violence to your classes.
  • Where appropriate, include topics in your classes that address prevention and intervention of partner violence, sexual assault, stalking and bullying.
  • Make it clear to your students that if they are dealing with violence, you are a safe person to approach for support and referrals.
  • Become familiar with campus and community resources, and make referrals if needed.
  • Consider conducting research that furthers our understanding of violence prevention.
  • Include a statement on your course syllabus that expresses support for victims of violence and intolerance of all forms of violence.
  • Assign readings or papers or journal topics on the issue of power-based personal violence.
  • Talk with faculty colleagues about the importance of prevention.

Green Dots for Staff/Administrators

  • Recognize risk factors associated with violence and ensure that faculty, staff and students are provided with adequate policy and training to respond.
  • Ensure adequate funding for prevention and intervention efforts.
  • Talk with colleagues about your personal commitment to violence prevention and Green Dot.
  • Integrate references to the Green Dot initiative and the importance of violence prevention into speeches and public addresses.
  • Educate yourself and your staff about sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and abuse.
  • Bring Green Dot training to your next staff meeting or in-service.
  • Ensure that you have effective policies in place to assure safety in the workplace and support victims of violence.

Proactive Green Dots

  • Wear or display a Green Dot button, T-shirt, sticker, lanyard, keychain one day this week, and explain to at least one person what it means.
  • Talk to a male friend of yours about the importance of men getting involved in violence prevention.
  • Join the Whitworth Green Dot Facebook page.
  • Follow Whitworth Green Dot on Twitter.
  • Attend the next Green Dot Bystander Training.
  • Recommend to 2-3 of your friends that they attend the next Green Dot Bystander Training.
  • Bring a friend to an awareness event.
  • Put a Green Dot on your team uniform, and explain what it is at halftime or in fliers that attendees get when they come to the game.
  • Write an article or letter to the editor of The Whitworthian expressing your opinion about violence-prevention efforts and/or student involvement.
  • Write a paper about sexual assault, bullying, partner violence, or stalking in one of your classes to inform yourself about the problem.
  • Spend 15 minutes online learning about power-based personal violence experienced by college students.
  • Ask a Green Dot presenter to come to your class or group/team meeting to explain how you and your classmates/teammates can become active bystanders in violence prevention.
  • Talk to a leader in a student organization that you are involved in and recommend that the membership take the Green Dot Bystander Training.
  • Talk to a female friend about the importance of women getting involved in violence prevention.
  • Post a message on Facebook about a Green Dot you did, a training you attended, or any other statement of support.
  • Write out your own personal connection to power-based personal violence (perhaps you or someone you care about has been negatively affected by it). Share this with someone in your life this week.

No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something!