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LVC Green Dot Program Seeks to End Violence – One Green Dot at a Time
09.06.13 |
Imagine a map covered with red dots. Each red dot on this map represents an act of violence (physical assault, sexual violence, stalking, bullying) – or a choice to tolerate‚ justify or perpetuate this violence. A red dot may be a rape, hit, or threat, or an individual choice to do nothing in the face of a potentially high risk situation.

Now imagine adding a green dot in the middle of all those red dots on your map. A green dot is any behavior‚ choice‚ word‚ or attitude that promotes safety for all our citizens and communicates utter intolerance for violence.

“Lebanon Valley College is committed to fostering a campus culture where the green dots far outweigh the red dots,” Greg Krikorian, vice president of student affairs, said. “We have partnered with the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon and Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County to make this movement a community priority.”

A green dot is:
- pulling a friend out of a high risk situation
- donating a few dollars to your local violence prevention provider
- displaying an awareness poster in your room or office
- putting a Green Dot message on twitter, Facebook or instagram (#LVCgreendot)
- striking up a conversation with a friend or family member about how much this issue matters to you.
- simply your individual choice at any given moment to make our campus safer

Certified Green Dot instructors Marianne Goodfellow and Mike Ritter will conduct a training program Sept. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m., where they will empower, inspire and motivate students and staff to take action when faced with a potential act of power based personal violence.

“We will provide each attendee with the basic bystander intervention skills required to transform this campus into a map covered with green dots,” Goodfellow said.

The Green Dot Task Force Members will conduct overview speeches for Student Government, Greek Council, and the Women’s Center for students and staff to learn more. To schedule a Green Dot overview speech for a student organization, event, or class, contact Venus Ricks at ricks@lvc.edu.

Registration for the Green Dot Training Program is available at http://www.lvc.edu/greendot/registration.aspx.

Green Dot Task Force Members include Dr. Stevie Falk, director of counseling at LVC; Venus Ricks, director of multicultural affairs at LVC; Mike Ritter, Green Dot coordinator at SARCC; Jenny Murphy-Shifflet, president and CEO at SARCC; Brent Oberholtzer, director of public safety at LVC; Marianne Goodfellow, associate professor of sociology at LVC; and Todd Snovel, associate director of student activities and engagement at LVC.

The Green Dot project was originally funded to SARCC with a grant from AT&T and The United Way of Lebanon County. The Lebanon Valley College and Lebanon Valley Branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) has donated $100 toward the purchase of Green Dot “swag” to be distributed at training and other campaign events.

Nobody has to do everything but everyone has to do something. For more information on how you can get involved with Green Dot, visit www.lvc.edu/greendot.



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