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:
- Add an email tagline,"I'm a proud supporter of the Green Dot"
- Like the VIP Center facebook page: www.facebook.com/vipcenter
- Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/vipcenter
- Share information from the VIP Center website:www.uky.edu/studentaffairs/vipcenter
- On the VIP Center website, download a screensaver for your computer and posters to put up around your home, work, and social settings
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)