Gender Equity and Violence Prevention

The Women’s Center strives to promote a safe environment by connecting community members with workshops, programs, and events at the University of Washington and the greater Seattle area. These services are raising awareness of violence prevention, and educating the public to eliminate gender bias.

Events and Services


These programs serve approximately 2,000 persons each year.

  • “Step Up and Speak Out: Youth Violence Prevention Forum
  • Education workshops and training on relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Empowerment and protection classes
  • Spring quarter film series
  • Educational lectures
  • Violence prevention resource center
  • Self Defense 101 offered regularaly through the UW Women’s Center’s Lifelong Learning Program
  • Educational forum on ending violence against women, specifically domestic and dating violence
  • Several workshops offered yearly on preventing violence and promoting positive masculinity
  • Endowed scholarship: Each year a UW student, who is either a survivor of domestic violence or the child of a survivor, is awarded a $2,500 scholarship entitled “The Meena Vashee Endowed Scholarship.”

Green Dot


A Green Dot is any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that expresses intolerance of power-based sexual violence. This includes sexual assault‚ relationship violence, stalking‚ and other uses of force‚ threat‚ intimidation‚ or harassment.

A Green Dot is…

  • …pulling a friend out of a high risk situation, putting a Green Dot statement on your Facebook page, writing a paper about violence prevention, hanging a poster on your door or in a classroom, wearing your Green Dot gear, encouraging discussion in class about violence, striking up a conversation about the issue with a friend, organizing a fundraiser for campus prevention efforts, getting your organization to go to Green Dot bystander training…
  • A Green Dot is simply your individual choice at any given moment to make our campus safer. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something. Every bit of effort makes a difference, no matter how small it may be.
  • What’s your Green Dot?


Green Dot on Facebook

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