Kutztown University Awarded It's On Us PA Grant
Kutztown, PA (03/14/2018) — Kutztown University has been awarded a $20,672 It's On Us PA grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent and respond to sexual assaults. The Department of Education announced yesterday that 39 postsecondary institutions across the state will receive more than $950,000 in It's On Us PA grants.
"Since launching two years ago, It's On Us PA has helped dozens of Pennsylvania colleges and universities to develop programs to prevent sexual assault and establish campus cultures where sexual assault and harassment are not tolerated," Governor Tom Wolf said. "The pervasiveness of sexual assault has never been clearer, and combatting sexual assault requires action. The Its On Us PA campaign is continuing to help make our campuses across the state safer."
Colleges and universities applied for funding to establish programs ranging from campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff to institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence.
"The #MeToo movement is a reminder of the prevalence of sexual assault in communities of all demographics," Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. "The It's On Us PA campaign is helping Pennsylvania schools lead their communities in directing the conversation on how we can prevent assaults and harassment from infecting our campuses and communities."
The 2017-18 It's On Us PA grant recipients include public and private, 2-year and 4-year institutions in every corner of the state. The 39 schools selected for grants are:
Seton Hill University
University of the Sciences
University of Scranton
Penn College of Technology
Holy Family University
Lock Haven University
West Chester University
Community College of Allegheny County
Saint Vincent College
Washington & Jefferson College
East Stroudsburg University
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Chestnut Hill College
York College of Pennsylvania
Community College of Philadelphia
Point Park University
Saint Joseph's University
Slippery Rock University
Harrisburg Area Community College
The It's On Us PA statewide campaign was launched by Governor Wolf in 2016, and was built on the momentum of the national It's On Us movement championed by President Obama. The state initiative invites everyone to take the It's On Us PA pledge and play a role in ending sexual assault.
In 2017 the Wolf Administration awarded nearly a million dollars in It's On Us PA grants to 36 Pennsylvania postsecondary institutions, including KU which received $29,100.