Carnegie Mellon University

Be a force for good: Green Dot at CMU

Here at Carnegie Mellon, we are committed to ensuring that every community member feels safe and protected. That's why we are heavily invested in the Green Dot initiative.

logo for Green DotThe original Green Dot program was conceived in the college campus setting to prevent dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. It relies on the premise that if every member of the campus community—students, staff, administrators and faculty—does their small part, the combined effect is a culture that is safe and intolerant of violence.

If you imagine a map of our community as it would appear in a zombie outbreak movie, each red dot that appears is a moment of power-based personal violence. The red dots could represent someone striking her partner, an individual showing up uninvited and unwanted after their ex-partner's class, or a moment of sexual violence.

The way we combat these red dots is by creating green dots. We can directly interfere, delegate the task to a friend or an authority figure, or even create a distraction. You can create a green dot by asking if someone is okay, by calling the police, or by spilling a drink on someone. The goal is to interrupt the event, prevent a red dot from occurring and create a green dot instead.

Green Dot Video Resources

Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff share about culture change, the #METOO movement and Green Dot at CMU.

This video addresses many frequently asked questions about requesting a Green Dot program.

Green Dot Trainings

Overview Talk

Whether staff, faculty or students, this training is for you and examines bystander intervention strategies and how to proactively shift our campus norms. Participants will learn to directly intervene, delegate to someone else and create a distraction.

Length: 1.5 hours
Participants: minimum of 10

Request a Green Dot talk

Bystander Training

This session is an in-depth approach to teaching active bystander intervention skills, as well as addressing strategies to proactively shift campus norms. This training includes warning signs of power-based personal violence, how to determine if intervening is necessary in an unclear situation and how to talk to others about bystander intervention.

Length: 3 hours for staff and faculty, 5 hours for students
Participants: minimum of 15

Request a Bystander Training

Stay Engaged

Below are a number of resources to help you stay engaged by doing proactive green dots.