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What's Green Dot? What Can I Do?

Imagine our campus: Endless opportunities to experience. You head towards the Library to grab Starbucks and visit the Student Success Center. A student group travels across central campus past the Bell Tower and the trees to get to Colden Hall. You leave the Performing Arts Center to head down towards the J.W Jones Student Union where student media is passing out The Missourian. A team leaves Roberta Hall and makes their way towards the Hughes Fieldhouse for intramurals.


Regardless of your day-to-day lives or schedules, the campus is filled with locations, people, events, and much more. Any given day presents new challenges and new opportunities. The reality is 1 out of 5 college students will experience some form of interpersonal violence while at college. So how can we do more?


The Problem: Red Dots

The problem: Too many people are hurt by power-based personal violence. Whether it be stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, or any other form of violence, the problem is it is happening. Each red dot represents an act of violence. A simple moment in time where someone’s choice, actions, words, or behaviors are used to harm someone else. Showing up outside someone’s dorm or classroom in an unwanted fashion, the choice to raise your fist against your partner, or any non-consensual contact at a party or a bar are examples of red dots. A single red dot happens, then another, then two more, then four, and so on and so forth. There’s no way to tell when there would be a shift, but enough single red dots add up to create a negative campus culture that allows for unacceptable rates of violence. No matter how big or how small the choice or action, any red dot is too much.


The problem is red dots. These dots can happen anywhere on campus: A dorm room in Hudson-Perrin, a classroom in Garrett-Strong, during a workout in the Foster Fitness Center. Red dots can happen anywhere and anytime to anyone.


The Solution: Green Dots

What’s the solution? Green Dot


Imagine a Green Dot popping up on the map covering those red dots. A Green Dot is a single moment in time where someone uses their words, actions, or behaviors to interrupt or stop a red dot from happening. Checking in on someone, calling UPD, or getting help from friends are all forms of Green Dots. Those choices and actions counteract red dots and in some cases, prevent them from happening. If everyone did one single Green Dot, those small actions would add up to create a positive campus culture that says violence is not allowed or tolerated.


Whether reactive or proactive, the aim is to fill the map with more green than red. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.


A Green Dot could be...

  • Asking if everything is okay when you see something concerning
  • Choosing to give someone a safe ride home
  • Letting the bartender know there might be something high-risk going on
  • Asking someone to check in on a situation that worries you
  • Telling someone to back off
  • Checking in with someone who is acting differently after beginning a new relationship
  • Posting a message about violence prevention on social media
  • Talking to a friend about how they can do a Green Dot