Once you graduate from the University of Kentucky, you may find yourself living in a new area, interacting with new friends, attending graduate school somewhere else, or working in a new place. We hope that you bring your Green Dots with you!
There are many ways you can still contribute green dots towards shaping a safer, violence-free world:
Remember what you learned from Green Dot training and be prepared to do reactive and proactive Green Dots in situations you might encounter. Remember the 3 D's: Direct, Distract, Delegate!
- If you notice a co-worker or graduate school classmate seem upset about their partner';s behavior, check in and say, "Hey, it seems like you're upset, is there anything I can do to help you?" (Direct)
- If you're at a bar or party and notice a friend has had too much to drink, offer to share a cab or walk home together (Direct)
- If you're in a meeting or graduate school class and someone tells a joke about rape, ask "What do you mean by that?" or "Now, if you want to hear a joke" and tell a funny joke that doesn't condone or support violence (Direct and Distract)
- If you are concerned when you hear yelling or loud noises next door, call or knock on the door and ask for a tea bag, cup of sugar, toilet paper, or another household item (Distract)
- If you're in the break room at work and are concerned about how a co-worker is treating another co-worker, ask "Does anyone know what the weather is going to be like tomorrow?" and later talk with your supervisor (Distract and Delegate)
- If you're waiting in line at the movie theater or grocery store and notice customers shoving and kicking, notify the theater or store manager (Delegate)
- If you're on Facebook and see someone posting hurtful comments or pictures, ask them to remove the posts, or talk with other friends about responding to the posts together (Direct and Delegate)
- Make sure your new workplace has policies and procedures to respond to power-based personal violence
- Check to see what violence prevention and response programs/services are available at your graduate school
- Let your new friends know that if they need someone to talk to, you're available
- Donate to the VIP Center Victim Assistance Fund to support students impacted by power-based personal violence
- Connect loved ones, friends, co-workers, classmates and neighbors to supportive services nationwide available 24/7: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) and 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)