Monday, February 11, 2013

Violence Prevention Strategist Dorothy Edwards to present February 13 at Whitworth

Whitworth University welcomes Executive Director of Green Dot Violence-Prevention Strategy Dorothy Edwards. The topic of her lecture will be “Ending Violence One Green Dot at a Time.” Admission is free. Edwards will present Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theater in Whitworth’s Weyerhaeuser Hall.



Green Dot, etc., is an organization constructed upon the foundation that violence within any given community can be measurably and systematically reduced.

The Green Dot strategy sees all community members as potential bystanders, and therefore as people who could intervene in the case of violence. In addition to raising awareness, this program teaches the difference between proactive and reactive behaviors. Through this strategy and her example, Edwards makes it clear that anyone can make a positive difference in a situation that involves potential violence.

Edwards holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Texas Woman’s University. She works alongside government agencies, the military, nonprofits, community organizations, high schools and colleges around the world, as she seeks to lower the current rates of power-based personal violence.

“Not only is Dorothy a gifted speaker and presenter, but she has a wealth of knowledge and passion for violence prevention on college campuses,” says Emily Soucinek, resident director of Duvall Residence Hall and one of the coordinators of the Green Dot Violence-Prevention Strategy at Whitworth. “Our plan is to inspire and educate Whitworth community members (students, staff, faculty and Sodexo staff) through lectures, discussions and trainings that can happen in and out of the classroom. It’s a campus movement: ending violence, one green dot at a time.”

One bystander-training session will be held each semester. The next session is Friday, Feb. 22, from 3-9 p.m. These sessions will help train attendees to be active Green Dot bystanders in their everyday lives. Every member of the community can participate in taking proactive steps to reducing violence on and off campus. 

Learn more about the Green Dot Violence-Prevention Strategy at http://www.livethegreendot.com/ or https://www.whitworth.edu/GeneralInformation/GreenDot/101.htm.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth University is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts: Pam Oswalt, counselor, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4775 or poswalt@whitworth.edu. 

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.