School of Journalism and Mass Communication Offers Violence Prevention Training

All Students Taking a College of Communication and Information Course Can Attend

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) will offer a Green Dot overview training session for 40-plus students from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 in Rms. 312-314, Franklin Hall. Students must register by Sept. 11.

Sign-up sheets are available in Rm. 201, Franklin Hall and in JMC Associate Professor Jan Leach’s office, Rm. 305C, Franklin Hall.

Green Dot is a national movement seeking to create new norms to replace the norm of sexual violence. The session will help students understand what behaviors lead to personal violence, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and related issues, and how they, as individuals and as bystanders, can prevent or reduce the risk of harm to themselves and their peers.

JMC is offering Green Dot training the day before the 11th annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop, which focuses this year on the ethics of covering trauma. Among the topics for discussion during the Workshop are campus sexual violence and trauma and social media.

Suzy D’Enbeau, an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies, and Jennie O’Connell, director of the Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS), are certified Green Dot educators and will lead the session.

D’Enbeau said that Green Dot training is designed to help students not only identify potential harm, but also to help them understand their own barriers and how they choose to respond to situations.

“Some people are going to feel more comfortable directly intervening, and some people will prefer other interventions.” D’Enbeau said. “The goal is to help students to develop a toolkit to decide how they want to intervene.”

Alicia Robinson, program coordinator of Kent State University’s Women’s and Gender Center and a certified Green Dot Educator said the Green Dot Bystander Movement was brought to Kent State to help make the university a safer campus for everyone.

During the overview session at JMC, students will learn about Green Dot’s mission and will engage in small group activities designed to help them take proactive and reactive measures against violence, according to Robinson.

About Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop

The Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop is a one-day training program for professionals, educators and students that examines critical issues and perspectives in media ethics. Moderated by distinguished ethics faculty from The Poynter Institute, the Media Ethics Workshop provides a unique forum for professionals and students alike to confront and discuss significant issues crucial to understanding media ethics and its effect on our world. Previous Workshops have addressed online ethics, sports media ethics, political media ethics, entertainment media ethics and the ethics of data mining. Established in 2004, the Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop continues its mission to strengthen media credibility and bolster citizens’ faith in media integrity. For more information or to register for the Workshop, visit


The Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS), which provides education and awareness to students around sexual violence and support services for those who are impacted, launched the Green Dot Bystander Movement in 2014. For more information about Green Dot at Kent State visit the website:

About Green Dot

Green Dot etc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to violence prevention education. Green Dot is built on the premise that the community can measurably and systematically reduce violence by the actions of individuals. For more information, visit

Contact Jennifer Kramer, APR, in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information with questions, 330-672-1960 or

POSTED: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 11:10am
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 5:38am