Green Dot

One of Saint Mary’s five core principles is “Respect for All Persons”. Ours is a community where violence is not tolerated and the expectation is that everyone does their part to promote a community of care and concern.  

At Saint Mary's College, we are choosing to help prevent violence from occurring by creating an environment of awareness and partnership, where we all look out for one another. With collective change and determination we can shift our culture away from violence and towards one of alliance and advocacy for active bystander intervention. It all starts with YOU and how YOU CHOOSE TO ACT.

Our SMC volunteer facilitators/trainers is a group of staff from multiple departments across campus that have been trained in Green Dot and now form SMC's Green Dot Facilitator team. Our collective goal as a group is to bring awareness and to train students, staff and faculty to help change the culture at Saint Mary's to one where violence is not tolerated and where everyone does their part. 

What are Green Dots and Red Dots?

Red Dots: Moments of potential harm to one or more members of our community are represented by red dots. Examples of red dots include: the decision to have sex with someone without their consent, the moment a person decides to physically or emotionally harm someone, an organization hazing a new member, or any other time in which someone is made to feel unsafe on our campus. 

Green Dots: Any action that we take to stop or diffuse a potential red-dot situation, help someone in need, or stop any form of violence. By showing others that we won't tolerate violence and that we as active versus passive bystanders will do what we can in creating culture change. 

Proactive Green Dot: Small, daily choices we make to communicate two norms: (1) Violence is not ok and will not be tolerated. (2) Everyone needs to do their part to help.


“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa