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What Is Green Dot?

Green Dot is an anti-violence initiative aimed at decreasing and preventing the occurrence of power-based personal violence, including dating and domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and other forms of harassment, threat and intimidation toward an individual. Green Dot at UP aims to promote a culture of Pilot Care by helping students understand the strategies and tools they can use to prevent power-based personal violence in their own ways on campus. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.

To get involved, nominate a social leader, or request a presentation/training, please email Megan Cohara at coharam@up.edu.

What are Green Dots?

A Green Dot is a choice someone makes to use their words or behaviors to make it less likely power-based personal violence occurs. Green Dots do not have to be big things, they can be as simple as sharing a story of care with friends or on social media. Green Dots can look like...

  • Checking in on a friend or classmate you may be worried about.
  • Pulling someone aside from a uncomfortable situation to make sure they are okay.
  • Giving someone a ride home.
  • Spilling a drink or asking for directions or starting a conversation to diffuse an escalating situation.

There are 3 strategies a person may find helpful when they notice a harmful situation. We call these the 3 D's of Green Dot.

Direct

Get involved in the situation. This includes actions such as directly speaking with the person being harmed and/or the person doing the harm, checking in with someone who is struggling, and being a designated driver.

"Hey, I've noticed things have been rough with your partner lately and I'm worried about you."

Delegate

Find someone else better equipped to diffuse or stop the situation. Delegation could come in the form of calling the police, getting your loud, extroverted friend involved, or speaking to a staff or faculty member.

Knock on the RA's door and tell them about your roommate who hasn't left their room out of fear of running into their ex.

Distract

Exactly what it sounds like; create a distraction so the red dot does not occur. Your creativity is the limit, but this can include such things as asking one of the people to dance, spilling a drink on someone involved, or acting more drunk than you are and asking your friend to take you home.

"Hey, do you two want to see how well I can juggle? I am super good at juggling."