Office of the VP for Student Life

May 28, 2014

The Green Dot movement

Green Dot logoIn partnership with the university as a whole, the Division of Student Life is enhancing its ongoing commitment to a safer campus through Green Dot, a bystander intervention program aimed at reducing sexual assault and relationship violence in our community. Bystander intervention has been touted as a best practice both in the University of Washington President’s Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The theory behind bystander intervention is that everyone is responsible for stopping sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking.

Green Dot prepares students to intervene when they are faced with a violent situation or see warning signs that violence may occur. Through Green Dot training, students learn a range of skills and develop intervention strategies for situations they may face. As one student wrote after participation in Green Dot training, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to come up with our own strategies to address potentially dangerous situations that were realistically based on our lives. It was also helpful for me to identify my own barriers to intervention and find that there are many ways to intervene while keeping myself safe.”

Green Dot has operated on campus since 2009, with the help of a committee of staff from Student Life, Safe Campus, OMAD, and UAA. In 2013, Green Dot reached more than 1,500 students. Due to increased demand from students, the committee recently secured funding to train more staff and faculty to deliver the Green Dot message. The Green Dot Institute is the “train the trainers” program, preparing faculty and staff to become certified trainers. Having more certified trainers will allow for a greater capacity to train students, thus expanding the population of students who are poised to intervene as a way to help keep fellow Huskies safe.

The Green Dot Institute will take place on the UW Seattle campus July 28-31. Thanks to the generous support from the sponsors listed below, including many Student Life departments, Green Dot has the ability to train 60 staff and faculty at no cost to the individual or office. Half of the slots have already been filled, but there is still space available. If you are interested in becoming a trainer and helping to create a safer UW community, contact

The following UW partners contributed a total of $16,000 to sponsor Green Dot:

  • Community Standards & Student Conduct
  • The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • The HUB
  • Office of the Vice President for Student Life
  • Residential Life, Housing & Food Services
  • SARIS, Health & Wellness
  • University of Washington Police Department
  • Compliance Support Program
  • The Dean’s Office in The College of Arts and Sciences
  • First Year Programs
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Panhellenic Council
  • SafeCampus
  • The Veterans Center