The Connecticut College community came together Monday, March 30, for an important campuswide conversation
Connecticut College is celebrating “Green Dot Week,” a week-long series of events and activities designed to raise awareness of the College’s Green Dot program in which students, faculty and staff are trained to help prevent power-based personal violence, including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
The Green Dot program is part of the College’s broader Think S.A.F.E. Project, managed by Darcie Folsom, director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy. Originally developed and funded in 2010 through a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, the Think S.A.F.E. Project addresses sexual assault, dating violence and stalking by integrating prevention and response training and education into the campus culture, building a community coalition and enhancing victim services. When the three-year Department of Justice grant work was completed in 2013, the College took on this important commitment with support from College funds, and named Folsom to her current position.
“The Green Dot program empowers individuals at Connecticut College to join a community of proactive bystanders who put forth a collective effort toward the prevention of sexual assault. It is an agent of positive cultural change, providing an education that benefits students far beyond their four years on campus” said Jackson Murphy, a member of the Class of 2014 and an intern with the Think S.AF.E. Project.
The week’s activities include:
Folsom and two students, Alia Roth ’14 and Jackson Murphy ’14, traveled to Hartford last week to meet with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, who is providing leadership at a national level on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses.
“It is crucial that our legislators in D.C. are paying attention to the issues of sexual assault on college campuses and that they hear directly from the students so they can understand the concerns students have as well as the progress activists are making on their campuses,” said Roth. “The work that is being done at Connecticut College has been instrumental in creating a culture shift in how these issues are viewed and discussed among the student body.”
In addition to the Green Dot program, Connecticut College’s Think S.A.F.E. Project also includes: