Green Dot Bystander Intervention

Green Dot is a nationally recognized bystander intervention program that focuses on building the skills needed for individuals to take action when they see instances of power-based personal violence (stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault). "Green Dots" are small choices that each of us make with our words or actions which help prevent harm from occurring in our community. The Green Dot motto is, "No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something."

The core of Green Dot is a six-hour interactive training for students designed to equip participants with the necessary connections, knowledge and skills to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. The training focuses on defining the role of the bystander, recognizing behavior that leads to harm, and understanding personal obstacles to action. One-hour overviews of Green Dot are available for students, faculty and staff who want to learn the basic principles of Green Dot.  

In 2014-15, a team of students, faculty and staff worked to adapt this training for use at Carleton College. In 2015-16, 100 Carleton students participated in four pilot trainings and booster sessions. In 2016-17, Green Dot trainings were open to the entire Carleton community, and 225 students have completed the six-hour bystander training so far. If you would like more information about Green Dot at Carleton, please contact  

  • A placard image for media work Green Dot Week of Action 2017
    Published 1 February 2017
    Green Dot at Carleton

    Carleton students share why they think Green Dot is important on our campus.

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