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State Grant Supports WCU’s “It’s On Us” Building Allies Initiative

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State Grant Supports WCU’s “It’s On Us” Building Allies Initiative

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State Grant Supports WCU’s “It’s On Us” Building Allies Initiative

WCU is one of 39 universities in Pennsylvania to share more than $950,000 in It's On Us PA grants. The grant to WCU is $29,996 for "It's On Us WCUPA: Building Allies."

It's On Us PA is a statewide campaign that that builds off the national It's On Us movement and invites everyone to take a role in ending sexual assault. It's On Us PA brings together not only the campus community, but also families and community members to reframe the conversation around sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution.

The grant will enable the University to capitalize on the success of the Fall 2017 It's On Us Week of Action and the campus-wide Green Dot Bystander Intervention program in order to grow our violence prevention education efforts and support for survivors of sexual misconduct.

One element of the University's grant proposal — to train more faculty, staff, and community members in the Green Dot program — will be realized when WCU hosts the Green Dot Institute in May 2018. This four-day training will provide the tools needed to become a Green Dot facilitator and will be open to community organizations and local high schools along with WCU faculty and staff. In December 2018, a different, one-day training will be focused on building the capacity of a larger group of faculty, staff, and community members to facilitate education programs and to direct survivors to appropriate resources.

Expected outcomes for the grant focus on improving awareness, prevention, reporting, and response (related to sexual misconduct); demonstrating sustainable, proactive leadership; and removing and reducing barriers.

The following individuals worked on the grant: Alicia Hahn-Murphy, director, Center for Women and Gender Equity; Alina Torres-Zickler, assistant director, deputy Title IX coordinator, Office of Social Equity; Emily Sheehan, coordinator for violence prevention; and Julie Belling, Green Dot graduate assistant.

The It's On Us Spring Week of Action runs April 1 – 7.