Do Something: SUNY Broome embraces the Green Dot initiative

An image depicting a large green dotNo one has to do everything. Everyone has to do something.

That’s the core message of the Green Dot initiative, which has been part of the SUNY Broome practice for nearly a decade. Formed in partnership with the Crime Victims Assistance Center, the program seeks to prevent and address power-based personal violence, which uses power, control or intimidation to harm another individual.

These incidents of violence and aggression – which include stalking, sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence – are considered red dots, explained SUNY Broome Counseling Services’ Melissa Martin.

“Green dots are the good things in the world that cover up the red dots, in an attempt to make the campus community safer,” she explained. The goal: To replace red dots with green dots – and prevent those red dots from happening in the first place.

To that end, SUNY Broome’s Green Dot program has conducted gentle awareness campaigns, including an annual weekend breakfast with green pancakes, interactive tabling events and more. They’re looking to do much the same this year, in addition to a Common Hour presentation and a potential training for faculty, staff and students in October.

Participants in the program learn about the three D’s of intervention:

  • Direct, which involves directly interacting with the people involved in the situation
  • Delegate, when a personal recognizes a red dot situation and involves a second party to aid the intervention
  • Distract, which creates a diversion to diffuse the attention of people in the situation away from the negative behavior.

Here is the schedule for Green Dot events in Fall 2017. Stay tuned for further updates!

  • Common Hour presentation from 11 to 11:50 a.m. Sept. 21 in Decker 201.
  • Interactive tabling event from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Student Center Lobby

Green Dot training session on Oct. 20 at a location to be determined