Texas A&M International University is a community against violence. Green Dot gives every one of us the opportunity to reduce power-based personal violence in our community and help keep each other safe.
Green Dot is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence across all levels of the socio-ecological model. Informed by social change model theory, the model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them, through awareness, education and skill-practice, in a proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as a norm, as well as reactive interventions.
An interactive training designed to equip participants with the necessary connections, knowledge and skills to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. Length of the training can range from 3 hours to a weekend-retreat. The goal is to create a safe, non-judgemental and neutral place for participants to objectively examine their understanding of violence, the obstacles that keep them from acting, and what might inform their decisions to act in the future.
The learning objectives for the training are as follows:
Participants will connect more consciously to their opinions regarding the role and responsibility of the bystander.
Participants will understand the basic elements of culture change and feel inspired to make a positive contribution.
Participants will recognize behaviors that may constitute dating/domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking – or behaviors that may be immediate precursors to these types of violence.
Participants will increase intrinsic motivation to intervene in order to reduce harm after violence has started, reduce the likelihood that it will happen again, or reduce the likelihood that it will happen at all.
Participants will recognize barriers that may prevent them from doing something in the face of potential power-based personal violence.
Participants will develop realistic intervention options given their unique set of barriers.
Participants will feel equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to proactively engage peers in positive culture change through role modeling, use of social media and conversations.