The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced 37 institutions of higher education and postsecondary schools, including Kutztown University, have been awarded It’s On Us PA grants of up to $60,000 each, totaling more than $1.4 million. These grants are used to combat sexual assault and promote safer campuses.
Kutztown University’s Women’s Center champions the It’s On Us campaign for the campus community. Half of this year’s funds will be used for a new program and partnership with the national It’s On Us office, as KU Athletics will participate in the “It’s On Us Playbook on Sexual Assault Prevention and Healthy Relationships for Male Student Athletes.”
The remainder of the funds will be used for national speakers, trainings with local partner, Safe Berks, support programming with New Student Orientation and the administration of a new Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey.
Governor Tom Wolf established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign to combat campus sexual assault and violence, nearly eight years ago and has made Pennsylvania a national leader in improving campus safety.
The national It’s On Us campaign was created by the Obama Administration to raise awareness about sexual assault and advise participants on how to identify dangerous situations while empowering them to intervene and create an environment of support for both victims and survivors.
For more information on the It’s On Us initiative at Kutztown University, contact Christine Price, director of the Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Resource Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.