JMC Offers Violence Prevention Training

Green Dot, Sept. 16

JMC will offer a Green Dot overview training session for 40-plus students on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 1-3 p.m. in Franklin Hall, Rooms 312-314. 

Green Dot is a national movement seeking to create new norms to replace the norm of sexual violence. The 90-minute 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 KSU 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. For more information or to register for the Workshop, visit

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.”


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. 

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.

For more information about Green Dot at Kent State visit the website:

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 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


Photo courtesy of SRVSS and Kent State Green Dot.


POSTED: Monday, August 31, 2015 - 3:29pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 3:03pm
Taylor Nickel