How to Create a Green Dot

what's your green dotA green dot is a moment in time when you are presented with a choice to do something or do nothing. Either has its consequences and no one is asking you to change your whole life. Instead, we ask you to take time and find your green dot moment. Then add your green dot to our college community.

Below are some ideas for how to create your green dot moment. 

  • If You are Too Busy
    • Send a mass email to your contact list with a simple message, "This issue is important to me and I believe in the goal of reducing violence."
    • Change your email signature line to include the statement, "Proud to be a GREEN DOT supporter" and include the link to this Green Dot website
    • Next time you are walking to class with a friend, have one conversation and tell them that ending violence matters to you.
    • Add a "Green Dot supporter" statement on your Facebook profile. Follow the GreenDotMC Twitter account.
    • Make one announcement to one group or organization you are involved in telling them about the Green Dot program.
    • Put a Green Dot placard on your door so people will know you are a Green Dot supporter.
    • Make Green Dot the topic of a paper or speech you have to do for a class.
  • If You Aren't Sure You Care
    • Ask five people in your life how power-based personal violence has impacted them (directly or indirectly) and listen to their response.
    • Think about the women in your life that you care most about, and consider that they have 1 in 3 odds of becoming victims of violence in their lifetime.
    • Tell one person how you would feel if they did become a victim.
    • Educate yourself about the impact of violence on victims and those who love them.
    • Talk to all the other students who do care. Ask them to tell you why it matters.
  • Green Dots for Men
    • Tell a woman in your life that power-based personal violence matters to you.
    • Ask women in your life how power-based personal violence has impacted them.
    • Ask a man in your life how power-based personal violence has impacted him or someone he cares about.
    • Have one conversation with one male friend or relative about the Green Dot program.
    • Ask a woman in your life what you can do to help take a stand against violence.
    • 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.
    • Google "men against violence" and read what men around the country are doing.
    • If you suspect someone you care about is a victim of violence, gently ask if you can help.
    • Attend an awareness event with three male friends.
    • Organize a men's event to raise money to support violence prevention.
    • Text your three best guy friends that you went to the Green Dot training and you want to talk to them about it.
  • Green Dots for Women
    • Ask 5 people in your life how power-based personal violence has impacted them (directly or indirectly) and listen to their response.
    • Think about the women in your life that you care most about, and consider that they have 1 in 3 odds of becoming victims of violence in their lifetime.
    • Educate yourself about the impact of violence on victims and those who love them.
    • Talk to other students who care. Ask them to tell you why they are into it.
    • If you suspect someone you care about is a victim of violence, gently ask if you can help.
    • Have one conversation with one male friend or relative about Green Dot.
    • Take a friend to lunch, and talk about how this issue is important to you and ask for their help.
    • Always use the buddy system, and make sure everyone gets home safe after a night out.
  • Proactive Green Dots
    • Talk to a friend of yours about the importance of getting involved in prevention.
    • Bring a friend to an awareness event.
    • Integrate information about power-based personal violence (PBPV) into one class discussion.
    • Talk to a leader in a student organization that you are involved in and recommend that the membership take the Green Dot Bystander training.
    • Write a letter to the editor of the Quad talking about any aspect of PBPV that is most powerful to you (i.e., the importance of everyone getting involved, or anything that you learned at the training).
    • Discuss with friends a situation portrayed in the media (a movie, TV show, news story, billboard, YouTube, etc.) that might support a culture of PBPV and explain why it upsets you.
    • Integrate information about any form of power-based personal violence into a class assignment (i.e., paper or speech or presentation).
    • Take a friend to lunch and talk about how this issue is important to you and ask for their help.
    • Tell someone that you know that way too many students will be victims of violence and that you feel like you need to be a part of reducing it.
  • Green Dots for Faculty
    • Get training on the warning signs of potential abuse or violence, and respond when you see them.
    • Include a statement on your course syllabus that expresses support for victims of violence and intolerance of all forms of violence.
    • 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.
    • Become familiar with campus and community resources for violence prevention and response.
    • Consider conducting research that furthers our understanding of violence prevention.
    • 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.