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Connecticut College kicked off its annual Green Dot Week—a series of events and activities dedicated to raising awareness about the College’s violence prevention program—by welcoming Green Dot creator Dorothy Edwards to campus and honoring Darcie Folsom, the College’s director of sexual violence prevention and advocacy.
Folsom implemented the Green Dot program at Connecticut College in 2010. Through the national program, students, faculty and staff are trained in bystander-intervention techniques to help prevent power-based personal violence, including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. A "Green Dot" is defined as any behavior, choice, word or attitude that counters or displaces a "red dot" of violence, promoting safety for everyone and communicating utter intolerance for sexual violence, interpersonal violence and stalking.
“We know from Green Dot research that there is a 50 percent reduction in sexual violence on campuses that engage in the Green Dot program,” said Edwards, who serves as executive director of Green Dot, at a special reception for Folsom. "It’s truly been an honor to have Darcie as a partner in this work.”
More than 800 students, faculty and staff have completed Green Dot training since the program was implemented at the College. An additional 90 faculty, staff and students are scheduled to be trained this week.
At the reception, President Katherine Bergeron commended Folsom for her leadership and also recognized Senior Associate Dean of Student Life Sarah Cardwell and Director of Student Wellness and Alcohol/Other Drug Education CC Curtiss, who were instrumental in launching the College’s proactive effort to prevent sexual violence.
“It is incredibly inspiring to be in the company of such visionary women," Bergeron said.
Green Dot Week, which extends through Feb. 13, continues tomorrow with the 5th Annual Green Dot Men’s Hockey Game. Members of the team, more than 70 percent of whom have been trained in the Green Dot program, will don special green jerseys to take on Tufts University at 7 p.m. in Dayton Arena on the Connecticut College campus. The event will feature raffle prizes and giveaways, and spectators are encouraged to wear green to show their Green Dot pride.
“Green Dot is important to me as it allows me to help create a safe community,” said men’s hockey player Joe Birmingham ’16. “By living the Green Dot, I am able to be a part of the solution when it comes to violence prevention.”
The full schedule of Green Dot Week events is as follows: