Assembly Series closes lecture season with Green Dot leader Dorothy Edwards

Edwards explains her strategy for ending personal violence, one bystander at a time


On college campuses, personal violence is frequently associated with sexual assault. At WUSTL, professionals in Student Health Services (SHS) recognized the success of Edwards’ strategy and last April adopted the Green Dot program to train students in this new approach to high-risk situations.

According to Kim Webb, SHS assistant director for sexual assault and community health services, WUSTL selected Green Dot for its simple, direct approach and basic philosophy that individuals can do tangible things to elicit change in their environment. To date, more than 100 students have been trained in rape prevention using the Green Dot strategy.

In addition to the lecture, Edwards will meet with students who have received Green Dot training to assess and receive feedback on their experiences here.

Edwards earned a PhD in counseling psychology from Texas Women’s University. Prior to creating the Green Dot violence prevention strategy, she served for five years as founding director of the University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention Center.

She was a counselor and a member of the faculty at Appalachian State University and at Texas Women’s University. Edwards also founded the Community Education Program at Denton County Friends of the Family.

This is the final program for the 2012 spring Assembly Series.

For more information on this event — or to check later this summer for the fall schedule — visit or call (314) 935-4620.