Attend a Training
Our Certified Green Dot Coordinators host a number of trainings each year.
An overview presentation is approximately one hour long. It exposes participants to the big ideas of Green Dot through teaching and interactive exercises.
Bystander training is approximately six hours long. This interactive training takes a deep dive into exploring the role of a bystander, recognizing red dots and generating green dots.
Green Dot Coordinators may also be available for brief presentations about Green Dot (less than one hour). Scheduling a brief Green Dot presentation is a great way to ignite further interest amongst your department or group.
Proactive Green Dots
Whether you have attended a training or not, everyone can get involved in Green Dot right now! Proactive Green Dots are ways we communicate, reinforce and advance two specific norms in our community:
- Violence is not tolerated here
- Everyone is expected to do their part to help prevent violence
Below are some ways Whitworthians do proactive Green Dots. Remember: No one has to do everything, but everyone can do something!
- Look out for one another.
- Hang a Green Dot poster on your room or office door.
- Add the phrase "supporter of Green Dot; ending violence one Green Dot at a time" to your social media profile.
- Create or share a social media post about ending violence.
- Create or share a social media post about bystander engagement.
- 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 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.
- Bring a friend/colleague 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 bystander engagement.
- Spend 15 minutes online learning about power-based personal violence experienced by college students.
- Ask a Green Dot Coordinator to come to your class or group/team meeting to explain how you and your classmates/teammates can become active bystanders in violence prevention.
- Recommend to 2-3 of your friends that they attend the next Green Dot Bystander Training.
- Talk to a leader in a student organization that you are involved in and recommend that the membership participate in a Green Dot Bystander Training.
- 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.
- 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."
- Become familiar with campus and community resources, and make referrals if needed.
- If you suspect someone you care about is a victim of violence, gently ask if you can help.
- 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 communicate that ending violence matters to you.
- Donate to a local rape crisis center or domestic violence shelter and write "Supporter of Green Dot" in the memo line.
- Create a fundraiser for Whitworth Green Dot or a local organization that works to address 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.
- Communicate to your students that if they are dealing with violence, you are a safe person to approach for support and referrals.
- 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, 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 Green Dot 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.