About CARE's Greenlight Campaign
We - the students, family, faculty and staff of the University of North Carolina Wilmington - are all members of the UNCW community. Community-building is an fundamental aspect of our humanity and it often takes place in our collective subconscious, meaning we as a group often don't have to think about constructing communities because we do it so naturally.
However, when we live on a campus that regularly sees 12,000 people or more passing along its walks, it can become very easy to begin to ignore others - to see them as something separate from one's own smaller social groups.
- So when a fellow student wrecks on their skateboard…"Boy, that sucks for them. Better get to class myself."
- When your professor is chasing test papers blowing away in the wind…"Huh, glad that's not me. Hope my test gets graded."
- When an acquaintance is passed out at a party and doesn't seem to have anyone watching out for them…"Well, they'll probably be ok. I'm sure they have friends around somewhere."
- When your friend is involved in an unhealthy or abusive relationship…"Really, it's none of my business who they date. I shouldn't get involved."
- When a friend is trying to convince a visibly intoxicated student to have sex …"I don't want to be a cock-block. I'd better just stay out of it."
When we stand aside and watch as our fellow UNCW community members need assistance we fail to hold up our end of the bargain. It is everyone's duty to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals in the group.
At UNCW CARE, we want UNCW community members to start promoting "Greenlight" actions. These are social behaviors that indicate to those around you that this is a safe campus community, because we're all looking out for each other. Whenever students see "yellow lights" (events that are worrisome) or "red lights" (events that are alarming) we want them to start taking action to find out how to turn the situation into a "Greenlight".
By taking action in these situations - making sure another student is ok when they wreck, checking on someone who's really drunk and making sure they're safe, or talking to your friend if you're worried about their relationship - the good you do far outweighs the amount of effort you put forth. Others see your actions and are inspired to be more involved in the community themselves.
As strange as it may sound, just saying a friendly "hi" to a fellow student that you don't know helps to prevent violence, because by making our campus community more sympathetic, we make it more difficult to ignore the problems and trials that our fellow Seahawks experience.
Community cannot exist with indifference. Violence cannot exist without it.