Becoming a Green Dot Facilitator 

Every two years, Health Promotion in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life hosts the Green Dot Institute on the Texas A&M University campus.  This Institute serves as the official train-the-trainer for the national Green Dot college-level curriculum, which is managed by Alteristic.

Why should you become a facilitator?
Texas A&M University has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the prevention of power-based personal violence.  Since 2015, the Step In Stand Up campaign has served as a call to action for Aggies to end sexual violence on our campus and in the communities in which they live & serve.  Green Dot aligns with the Step In part of this campaign, providing individuals with the skills and knowledge to identify when acts of power-based personal violence are occurring and intervene appropriately and safely during high-risk situations.

In addition, while our Texas A&M campus and surrounding community are safe places to learn, work, and live, Aggies are still impacted by power-based personal violence.  In the most recent Association of American Universities Survey on Sexual Assualt and Misconduct (2019), we know the following from students at Texas A&M University who participated:

  • 27% of female; 7.2% of male; 14.7% of transgender, queer, and non-binary students, experienced at least one type of sexual assault due to physical force or incapacitation
  • 42.7% experienced sexual harassment from another student, faculty or staff member
  • 12.9% experienced intimate partner violence
  • 19.4% experienced stalking

Becoming a Green Dot facilitator is one of the most tangible ways that you can serve as an ally who promotes violence prevention, brings awareness to the need for bystander intervention, and  empowers others to have informed conversations about these issues.

Who should become a facilitator?
Texas A&M faculty, staff, and community members who maintain active partnerships with Texas A&M are welcome to register for and attend the Green Dot Institute, with the understanding that they will (1) commit to implement the Green Dot strategy for two years, and (2) complete at least 10 hours of facilitation each year.

As in years past, we also encourage faculty and staff members from Texas A&M system schools to participate in the Green Dot Institute.  If interested, we ask that at least four members from an individual system school attend the Green Dot Institute together to ensure successful implementation of overviews and trainings on their respective campus.

Those who become Green Dot facilitators are expected to be able to present the Green Dot curriculum to students, faculty, and staff. While previous public speaking experience is not required, the ability and willingness to present in front of audience is a necessary trait for Green Dot facilitators.  In addition, while expert-level of knowledge of power-based personal violence is not required, it is fully expected that Green Dot facilitators will care enough about this issue to openly & confidently discuss instances of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking with different audiences.

Summer 2021 Green Dot Institute

Based upon ongoing guidance from TAMU and the CDC regarding COVID-19, and to protect the well-being of all our facilitators, supporters, and participants, the Green Dot Institute originally scheduled for June 1-4, 2020 has been rescheduled to Summer 2021: Monday, May 17 – Thursday, May 20, 2021: 8:30am-5pm each day at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Center. Participants must attend the entire training to receive certification as a Green Dot facilitator.

Although coordinated by Health Promotion, the Green Dot Institute is led by two training specialists from Alteristic.  During the Green Dot Institute, participants will:

  • Learn the evidence-based foundations of the Green Dot violence prevention strategy
  • Participate in skill-building focused on fostering authentic relationships, personal connection, and mastery of skills & knowledge necessary for effective/persuasive communication
  • Engage in an in-depth examination of personal and professional connection to the issue of violence prevention, obstacles in action, ways to learn from past efforts, and capacity building
  • Strengthen competence through experiential components including journaling, giving and receiving feedback, and small group process, role plays, practice and discussion

Registration Cost & Procedures

Registration covers training materials, certification, breakfast & lunch, refreshments, and social events for all four days of the training.  These fees are non-refundable either in part or in full, so please make sure that you can attend the entire Green Dot Institute before completing your registration.

The training cost for the 2021 Institute is as follows:

  • Participants from Texas A&M – College Station and HSC: $300
  • Participants from partnered community agencies: $400
  • Participants from Texas A&M System Schools: $550

Step 1: Prior to registering, you must complete the following:

  • Green Dot Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): This document outlines the requirements and responsibilities of being a Green Dot facilitator.  You, your direct supervisor, and your director/department head must sign this document
  • Green Dot Application Questions: Located on the last page of the MOU are application questions that you must complete and submit with your MOU.  Your answers will give us more context for your interest in becoming a facilitator
  • The MOU will be available here in January 2021.

Step 2: Email your completed Green Dot MOU and Application Questions to GreenDot@tamu.edu.  Upon receipt of these documents to our office, our Green Dot committee will review them and notify you within 3 business days regarding the status of your application.  Please wait to complete registration until after you hear back from us about that status to ensure you’re approved to participate.

Step 3 (optional):  If you are a faculty or staff member at the College Station or Health Science Campus, you may choose to apply for a Green Dot Institute scholarship to help partially or fully cover the cost of registration.  See the Scholarship section on this page for more information on how & when to apply.  If you apply for a scholarship, please wait to complete registration until after you hear back from us about whether or not you received funding.

Step 4:  Register as a participant. The registration link will be available here in January 2021.

Scholarships

Health Promotion will be offering a limited number of scholarships to partially or fully cover the registration fee for interested participants.  This scholarship application must be completed in addition to the Green Dot MOU and Green Dot Application Questions.

The scholarship application will be available here in January 2021.

Hotel Information

We have reserved a block of rooms at two different venues for our out of town attendees. The room blocks are located at:

Cavalry Court
200 Century Court
College Station, TX 77840
Updated group rates and codes will be available here in January 2021.

The George Hotel
180 Century Court
College Station, TX  77840
Updated group rates and codes will be available here in January 2021.

Complimentary breakfast, parking, and WiFi is offered at both locations.  Both of these venues are located in Century Square.  Century Square features several different dining, shopping, and entertainment venues, and is conveniently located directly across from the Texas A&M campus.

Additional Travel Arrangements

For our out of town attendees who might find it more cost effective and convenient to fly instead of drive, Easterwood Airport (CLL)  is located on the Texas A&M-College Station property.  United Airlines flies to this aiport out of George Bush Interncontinental Airport (IAH) and American Airlines flies in from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW).  There are multiple rental car agencies on site at Easterwood Airport.