Wolf Administration Awards First-ever ‘It’s On Us PA’ Grants to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

first_img November 29, 2016 It’s On Us PA,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Results Harrisburg, PA – As part of his Administration’s “It’s On Us PA” campaign, Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 36 postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania were awarded nearly $1 million in grants to address campus sexual assault.“Sexual assault has a corrosive effect on all of us,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “My administration is committed to combatting this urgent and serious epidemic, specifically on college campuses. I am proud to announce grants to Pennsylvania postsecondary institutions to increase awareness, education and resources to combat sexual assault.”The grants of up to $30,000 each were awarded to postsecondary institutions across the state – including community colleges, and independent and public 2- year and 4-year colleges and universities – to implement strategies on their campuses to address goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA campaign, which include:Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender based violence.Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.“Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us campaign is fostering discussions across the commonwealth about how we address the very serious issue of campus sexual assault,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “These grant recipients will implement new approaches to tackling this issue, and will develop best practices that can potentially be replicated around the state.”More than 60 applicants competed for funding. Grant awardees were selected using a blind evaluation process by a team assembled by the Department of Education. Applications were assessed using a host of criteria, including:Goals and objectives of grant proposal and alignment to the goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Program;Program and activity narrative for which funding will be used including details of how the proposed program/activity will improve awareness, training, reduce or eliminate barriers for reporting or improve data collection and reporting capacity;Supporting institutions’ efforts to better understand strengths and barriers within their existing prevention, reporting, and response systems through the development, use, and/or analysis of campus climate surveys or other data including current data reported for Clery Act compliance;Detailed budget information that supports the goals and objectives of the proposal;Expected outcomes; andAccuracy of the information submitted.Programs or activities that were considered for funding included campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students’ rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous reporting; and efforts to improve capacity to collect federal- or state-required data.The 36 institutions selected for It’s On Us PA grants are:Slippery Rock University – $14,866.00Chestnut Hill College – $28,450.00California University – $29,994.00Drexel University – $29,995.00Lincoln University – $30,000.00Pennsylvania State University – $30,000.00Indiana University – $30,000.00Northampton Community College – $29,740.00University of the Sciences in Philadelphia – $29,250.00Misericordia University – $25,400.00Millersville University – $29,994.00Temple University – $25,853.00Franklin & Marshall College- $30,000.00Point Park University – $10,265.00Shippensburg University – $27,000.00University of Pittsburgh – $12,750.00Delaware County Community College – $19,905.00Keystone College – $19,100.00Gannon University – $30,000.00The Commonwealth Medical College – $30,000.00Carlow University – $27,940.00Juniata College – $30,000.00Mount Aloysius College – $19,947.00Eastern University – $15,300.00Cabrini University – $27,200.00York College of Pennsylvania – $17,090.00Gettysburg College – $25,502.00Community College of Allegheny County – $30,000.00Wilkes University – $27,395.00University of Pittsburgh at Bradford – $28,642.00Delaware Valley University – $29,925.00Bucks County Community College – $27,975.00The University of Scranton – $16,000.00Kutztown University – $29,100.00Westminster College – $27,050.00Mercyhurst University – $30,000.00Last January Pennsylvania became the first state to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign, building from the momentum of the national campaign launched in 2014 by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.Funding for the ‘It’s On Us PA’ grants was secured by Governor Wolf in the 2016-17 state budget to build on the campaign’s progress. Since launching the ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign in January 2015, over 1,000 people have taken the pledge.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Wolf Administration Awards First-ever ‘It’s On Us PA’ Grants to Combat Campus Sexual Assaultcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

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