Green Dot

Our Green Dot Mission:

We want to create a campus culture where students, faculty and staff are aware of the many types of violence that exists - and where we all take action to stop them before they happen. A place where the "green dots" outnumber and overwhelm the "red dots." By engaging socially influential individuals from across the campus community in training, awareness, and education we will have a mobilized force of engaged and proactive bystanders which will result in lower rates of violence.

The attitudes and values that lead people to abusive and disrespectful behavior, such as the reflected in sexual assault, are unacceptable. We challenge every member of the Gonzaga community to actively work to counteract acts of power-based personal violence.

What is Green Dot About?

Green Dot is a power-based personal violence prevention strategy on Gonzaga's campus and at universities around the world Informed by social change theory, it capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence. Green Dot seeks to reach all community members as potential bystanders through awareness, education, and skills-practice. We challenge every member of the GU community to work to counteract violence and make the prevention of further violence a personal priority. We want to mobilize a force of engaged and proactive bystanders who can and will make a difference.

What is a red dot?

A red dot is any 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. In other words, a red dot is a rape. It's hitting someone. It's threatening another person, whether with words, actions, or body language. It's choosing to do nothing in the face of a potentially high-risk situation. It's a single moment in time where someone's individual choice adds a red dot to our community.

What is a greed dot?

A greed dot is just the opposite: Any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that promotes safety and communicates intolerance for any form of violence. A green dot is pulling a friend out of a high-risk situation. It's donating a few dollars to your local violence prevention organization. It's displaying an awareness poster in your room or office so others know that you won't tolerate violence. It's posting a green dot message on your Facebook page, or striking up a conversation with a friend or family member about how much this issue matters to you. It's your individual choice at any given moment to make our world safer. These actions earn a green dot on our collective community map.

Available Green Dot training:
  • Overview Speech
  • Bystander Training
  • Skill Building One Hour Workshop
  • VIP Green Dot Bystander Training (offered to faculty, staff and administration)
  • Faculty Tool Kit
  • Residence Hall and Group Programs

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