Green Dot Series: Green dots help everyday people make a difference

Green Dot training on Cambridge campus offers students resources on how to be an active bystander

By Ellie Spizman

Contributing writer

Violence is everywhere and the only way to stop it is to do something about it.  Everyone is capable of helping no matter how small that act may be. The Green Dot training is all about recognizing the signs when someone may be in danger and the steps to empower everyone to ensure a safe campus and community.

The Green Dot Training took place at the Cambridge campus on March 20.  This was an all-day event starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 pm. The participants were able to listen to several speakers discuss the warning signs of potential violent situations such as stalking, partner and sexual violence. The training also allowed time for students to get into groups to discuss, share and answer questions related to the speaker’s topic.

The speakers also informed the students what it meant to be a bystander of a violent situation and different strategies in confronting the problem.

“Sometimes doing nothing is the best course of action” when your own safety is at hand,  Isabelle Schmidt, our Cambridge campus counselor pointed out.

While other times the discussion led to reporting the situation and the participants were given a list of emergency resources among other valuable handouts.

“It is always best to report things so there is evidence for the victims involved,” ARCC student Bonita Peters said.

The Green Dot training was a time for the participants to become actively engaged while discussing and evaluating some tough situations. At the end of the day the participants left with the skills, information and confidence necessary to become involved in dealing with the variety of violent situations that could occur anywhere. Every person can make a difference. Even the smallest act could change a person’s life.

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