Green Dot

Our Mission

Green Dot is built on the premise that in order to measurably reduce the perpetration of power-based personal violence, a cultural shift is necessary. In order to create a cultural shift, a critical mass of Gonzaga University community members (students, staff, faculty and administrators) will need to engage in a new behavior or set of behaviors that will make violence less sustainable within any given community.  The "new behavior" is a GREEN DOT

The attitudes and values that lead people to abusive and disrespectful behavior, such as that reflected in sexual assault, are unacceptable.  We challenge every member of the Gonzaga University community to actively work to counter acts of sexual violence and make the prevention of further violence a personal priority.

We feel the Green Dot prevention approach will help give everyone an opportunity to participate in a greater capacity to unite our community in the understanding and reflection of Jesuit values and beliefs in all our actions, particularly those which involve cura personalis.

The Green Dot Vision

Visualize for a moment that unforgettable image of small red–dots spreading across a computer generated map of the US‚ symbolizing the spread of some terrible epidemic – with each tiny red dot representing an individual case. With disturbing speed‚ the three or four single dots multiply and spread until the whole map emits a red glow comprised of a zillion tiny dots.


Now imagine adding a green dot in the middle of all those red dots on our map.

Each red dot on this map represents an act of power-based personal violence (partner violence‚ sexual violence, stalking, bullying, or child abuse) – or a choice to tolerate‚ justify or perpetuate this violence. A red dot is a rape – a red dot is a hit – a red dot is a threat – a red dot is a statement that justifies or minimizes the violence – a red dot is an individual choice to do nothing in the face of a high risk situation. Power-based personal violence is not a huge‚ solid mass that can simply be removed with one swift action or policy. Rather‚ it is the accumulation of individual decisions‚ moments‚ values‚ and actions made by the men and women from every corner of our community. It’s hard to know exactly how many red dots are on our map at any given moment – but we do know there have been enough red dots to create a culture that sustains far too many women, children and men experiencing violence. 

Now imagine for a moment a map of our community.

Imagine that a green dot is any behavior‚ choice‚ word‚ or attitude that promotes safety for all of us and communicates utter intolerance for any form of violence. A green dot is pulling a friend out of a high risk situation – a green dot is noticing a change in a child’s behavior and making a referral – a green dot is donating a few dollars to your local center – a green dot is putting a green dot statement on your webpage – a green dot is displaying an awareness poster in your office – a green dot is saying "hey, is everything ok?" when you are concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a friend, employee or neighbor – a green dot is wearing your green dot gear – a green dot is striking up a conversation with a friend about how much this issue matters to you. A green dot is simply your individual choice at any given moment to make our community safer.

Get Involved

Green Dot Overview

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We can present Green Dot to your class, group, residence hall or department please contact the Student Wellness Resource Center at (509) 313-5921 or to schedule.