About the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training Program
Green Dot is a nationally recognized, evidence-based violence prevention program that provides students, administrators, faculty, and staff with the skills and knowledge to (1) identify when acts of power-based personal violence are occurring, and (2) intervene appropriately and safely during high-risk situations. Through Green Dot Training, participants are equipped with knowledge and strategies of how to be more proactive in helping to keep our campus and community safe.
Traditional prevention programs may only approach men as potential perpetrators and women as potential victims. Green Dot approaches all students, administrators, faculty, and staff as allies. The original Green Dot program was conceived in the college setting to prevent sexual assault, dating violence & abuse, domestic violence & abuse, and stalking. It relies on the premise that if everyone does their part and commits to individual responsibility, the combined effect is a safe campus culture that is intolerant of violence. The college-based curriculum draws heavily on the experiences of college students and the reality of this issue in their lives. This curriculum uses interactive activities to reinforce core concepts and encourages students to envision their future and the world in which they want to live, then aligns their bystander behavior with that vision.
Texas A&M University was one of the earliest adopters of the Green Dot college-based curriculum. It has served as our premier bystander intervention program since 2010, serving generations of Aggies who have witnessed a growth in proactive social change around violence prevention on our campus. Since 2015, Green Dot has served as an actionable educational component of the Step In Stand Up Campaign to stop sexual violence, teaching aggies how to Step In as active bystanders to stop acts of violence in a moment.
You can learn more about the national research and impact of the Green Dot college-based curriculum through Alteristic, the host organization of this bystander intervention program.