Stand for State is Penn State’s bystander intervention program focusing on sexual and relationship violence, mental health concerns, acts of bias, and risky drinking and drug use. Based on Green Dot’s bystander intervention model, Stand for State is the culmination of more than two years of work by numerous staff and faculty members across Penn State’s campuses. While there is extensive programming done by other offices pertaining to the same four topics, Stand for State is the Penn State entity with the primary mode of education being bystander intervention.
Green Dot (livethegreendot.com) is a national leader in violence prevention education. Green Dot is built on the premise that in order to measurably reduce harm on a campus, a cultural shift is necessary. This shift is recognizing that each person who is not okay with violence (labeled as a “red dots”) has a role to play helping create a safer campus for all. The vast majority of people on campus are never going to put a red dot on the campus map. But we can all help reduce harm by choosing to put a green dot on the map instead. We can do this stepping in safely if we ever see a potential red dot, and also by showing the people around them that they aren’t okay with violence (through conversations, attending/supporting violence prevention events, posting to social media, etc.).
The initiative’s aim is to create the norm that, ultimately, everyone plays a role in watching out for each other because everyone deserves to be safe.
The first topic that was rolled out was bystander intervention connected to sexual and relationship violence.