SELINSGROVE — Susquehanna University has been awarded a $30,000 grant from Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us initiative to combat campus sexual assault.

It’s On Us PA is a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault. Building off the momentum of the national It’s On Us movement, It’s On Us PA brings together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families and community members to reframe the conversation around sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution.

In September 2016, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that eligible post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania could apply for up to $30,000 in competitive funding to address campus sexual assault. He recently announced nearly $1 million in grants to 38 colleges and universities throughout the state for the campaign.

Susquehanna will use its share to bring the Green Dot bystander education program to campus. Green Dot is a comprehensive, research-based bystander intervention program that approaches students, staff, administrators and faculty as allies. The program relies on the premise that if everyone does their small part and commits to individual responsibility, the combined effect is a safe campus culture that is intolerant of violence.

Susquehanna will educate 30 faculty and staff members in a train-the-trainers model that the university will then implement across campus.

It’s On Us is a national initiative created by former President Barack Obama and White House Council on Women and Girls to raise awareness and fight against sexual assault on college campuses.

The Wolf administration has invested a total of nearly $3 million for It’s On Us grants over the past three years.

Programs or activities that were considered for funding included campuswide 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.

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