On Thursday, September 13th at 5pm, Auburn Panhellenic will be hosting Green Dot Training in the Village, followed by a New Member BBQ.
The WE.auburn initiative is committed to stopping sexual violence on Auburn's campus. The Green Dot program specifically focuses on the third party, or the bystander. With this training, students will be equipped to integrate moments of prevention within their own relationships as well as everyday activities.
To learn more, we asked a member of the Panhellenic community, Pi Beta Phi's President, Amelia Langhart.
Tell us about your experience with Green Dot.
I first heard about Green Dot as a new member from one of Pi Phi’s alumni advisors who was a graduate student at Auburn at the time! She did a preview session at our chapter and then informed us that there were opportunities to go through longer trainings and get certified! I ended up getting Green Dot certified in February of 2016 with one of the women in my pledge class!
What inspired you to get involved with Green Dot?
I really resonated with the overall goal of Green Dot. I am such an advocate for making sure that people feel safe. To me, it doesn’t matter what your gender, your sexual orientation, race, everyone has the right to feel safe! Green Dot promotes safety and specifically making Auburn a safer place for its students and community members through accountability and gaining confidence in making sure that there is something ANYONE can do to make sure people feel safe.
Why do you think Green Dot is an important training for new members?
I think it is so valuable for new members to know from the beginning of their time here that regardless of which organizations they are in, that everyone in Auburn is expected to uphold the standard of an Auburn family. We look out for each other, we’re here for one another, and we want to give everyone the tools to be able and empowered enough to promote safety and wellness within Auburn’s campus.
How can Panhellenic members get more involved with Green Dot?
Panhellenic members can do full trainings within their chapters, or look out for one of the group trainings throughout the semester and take it with a few friends! The trainings are so worth the time and investment. I think there should be even more advocating for one another within the Panhellenic community! I have also become great friends with Melissa McConaha throughout my entire Green Dot experience and that has been one of the biggest blessings of this entire program for me.
For more information about Green Dot, click here, and we'll see you at New Member Green Dot Training on Thursday!