IUP has received $30,000
through Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s “It’s On Us PA” campaign to address
campus sexual assault.
IUP is one of 36 colleges and
universities in Pennsylvania selected to receive funding, which will be used to
implement strategies to address goals of the program.
“We are pleased and proud to be part of
this initiative,” said Jessica Miller, a psychologist in IUP’s Counseling
Center and interim director of the Haven Project. “IUP is committed to all
of the goals of the ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign.”
Miller said IUP will use this funding
to bring the Green Dot bystander program to the campus.
“The Green Dot model views all
community members as potential bystanders and gives them the tools they need to
recognize and respond to high-risk situations,” she said. “The Green Dot
curriculum, built on the base of significant national research, has been shown
to prevent multiple forms of interpersonal violence when a critical mass of
individuals are engaged as peers in the effort. The proposed work will help
ensure that critical mass exists at IUP.”
Members of the IUP community can
volunteer for Green Dot training by completing this form.
The goals of the “It’s On Us PA”
More than 60 applicants competed for the grants. Recipients
were selected using a blind evaluation process by a team assembled by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education.
Last January, Pennsylvania became the first state to
launch an “It’s On Us” campaign, building from the momentum of the national
campaign started in 2014 by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe
Funding for the “It’s On Us PA” grants was secured by
Governor Wolf in the 2016–17 state budget. Since launching the campaign in
January 2015, more than 1,000 people have taken the pledge.