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Green Dot at UW

Get excited! Green Dot will be launching for Students in the Fall of 2020. UW Faculty, Staff and Administrators who are interested in learning more about how to support the Green Dot Program, or who would like to attend an Overview Training should contact greendot@uwyo.edu.



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About the Green Dot Program

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Here at The University of Wyoming, we are committed to reducing and preventing power-based personal violence such as sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Green Dot is a bystander intervention program to reduce these forms of violence with one thought; If everyone does one thing, no one will have to do everything.

A Green Dot is your choice at any moment to make campus safer by promoting safety for everyone and letting others know that you will not tolerate violence. A Green Dot is any behavior, choice, word or attitude that sends a clear message that:

1. Violence is not okay with you, and

2. Everyone is expected to do their part. 

 

Picture Campus – Imagine that there were Red Dots for every single time an act of relationship and/or sexual violence occurred. Those Red Dots are individual moments that someone’s choice of words, actions or behaviors were used to hurt someone else. These Red Dots add up to unacceptable rates of violence on our campus. By performing Green Dots, you can change the norm. You send the message that everyone is expected to do their part to keep our campus safe by doing just one thing. What is that thing for you? Attending on-campus training can help you understand when and how to intervene in potentially violent moments.

Now picture all of those Red Dots on the campus map again. Imagine they were all covered with Green Dots – a single moment when someone made a choice to use their actions, behaviors, and words to stop or interrupt a Red Dot moment.

 

Examples of Red Dots:

  • Shaming, Humiliating or threatening an intimate partner

  • Stalking, following someone or repeatedly calling a person after they have made it clear that they do not want a relationship of any kind.

  • Any act that is an assertion of power, control and/or intimidation with the intent to harm another in any way.

  • Using drugs or alcohol as a weapon to sexually assault another person

 

Examples of Green Dots:

  • Asking if someone is okay if you feel or see something concerning.

  • Offering to be a safe ride home or walking them to SafeRide.

  • Letting restaurant staff, bar staff or campus staff know that something might be high-risk.

  • Causing a distraction to diffuse the situation. 

  • Telling someone to “back-off."

  • Checking in with friends who are acting differently after starting a new relationship.


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Training Resources

 

Public Green Dot Trainings (Overview Speeches) are offered to Faculty, Staff and Administrators with our Green Dot Instructors. 

Sessions last approximately one hour and will take place via Zoom until campus resumes business in-person. If you would like to attend a session, sign up using Eventbrite. We will follow up with a confirmation email that includes session access details.

Don't see a session that works with your schedule? We will add dates as sessions fill up, so check back regularly!

Note: To that allow for productive conversation, we need a minimum of 12 attendees in a session. If we are unable to confirm 12 participants for an Overview, we will notify registered attendees a few days in advance of our need to cancel, and registrants will be able to register for the next available Overview.

Would you like to request an Overview for your campus unit or department? Please fill out our request form, and we will be in touch with you soon!

 

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