AP Department of Education Visits Gettysburg and York Colleges to Highlight AP It’s On Us Programming


York County, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Assistant Secretary and Office of Post-Secondary and Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Tanya I. Garcia today highlighted significant investments in sexual harassment awareness on college campuses through It’s On Us PA programming at Gettysburg College and York College of Pennsylvania.

“Our post-secondary education system prepares Pennsylvania students to share their talents with the world, and that’s why Governor Wolf continues to push for historic investments in our colleges and universities,” Garcia said. “I am proud to recognize the efforts of the colleges of Gettysburg and York to create safe learning environments for their students. »

“The ‘It’s On Us’ awareness campaign has been instrumental in getting our campus to examine the broader societal messages around sex and gender – and to begin to change the way we, as a university community, think, let’s talk and act on those pressing issues,” said Gettysburg College President Robert Luliano. “We are delighted to welcome members of the Pennsylvania Department of Education to Gettysburg College to learn more about how we are investing these funds to better educate our campus, strengthen our programming, and make Gettysburg a safer and more vibrant home for our students. .”

The Wolf administration was asked to highlight It’s On Us PA programming at Gettysburg and York colleges through a roundtable with students and staff focused on program progress, implementation and ongoing efforts to protect students from sexual violence.

Since 2016, the Wolf administration has awarded 184 It’s On Us PA grants totaling nearly $6 million to post-secondary institutions, including public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities.

“The health and well-being of our students is my top priority,” York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith said. “Through funding provided by Governor Wolf’s It’s on Us grants, we have intensified our focus on sexual assault prevention on our campus by empowering all members of our community to take an active role in prevention. We educate and educate our community on effective prevention strategies, while providing support and resources to those who experience sexual abuse and violence.”

Last fall, Governor Wolf unveiled a set of four bills that will further strengthen student protections and combat sexual assault on campus, including a “yes means yes” law that requires all post-secondary institutions to have policies with clear standards on what is and is not consent; a bill to strengthen protections for victims of crime on campus; a plan to teach middle and high school students about and prevent dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and bullying; and legislation that would create a task force to study sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and bullying in grades 6-12 and post-secondary institutions.

“At York College, we believe that a collaborative and holistic approach to prevention is the most effective way to address sexual violence on campus,” said Liz Grubb, York College’s Title IX Coordinator. “This year, we are going back to basics with prevention. and discuss topics such as bystander intervention and consent. We hope that this ongoing training will empower our students to be active bystanders and to report incidents of sexual violence. We also hope to be leaders in prevention efforts with programs that build a scaffolding prevention approach throughout a student’s time. at York College.

The It’s On Us PA campaign is part of a national sexual assault awareness initiative; teach participants that assault includes non-consensual sex, counsel them on how to identify dangerous situations, empower them to intervene, and urge them to create a supportive environment for victims and survivors.

“York College of PA first received an It’s On Us award in 2016. This continued support has allowed the college to expand its program to include gender-based violence prevention efforts on the York College campus, in our branch York Country Day School, and at William Penn High School in York through the York College Community Opportunities Scholarship Program (YCCOSP),” said Kayla Bailey, Office Prevention Coordinator of York College Title IX. “As an institution of higher learning, we recognize our responsibility to educate, support and advocate for all students who are part of our campus and local communities.”

Pennsylvanians are urged to visit the It’s On Us PA page on the governor’s website and pledge to “recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, identify situations in which sexual assault can occur, to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given, and to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

“The It’s On Us PA grant has given us the opportunity to expand programming opportunities around sexual assault awareness and prevention education on our campus. In an effort to effect change now, leading the It’s On Us campaign this academic year has highlighted the importance of raising awareness of sexual assault within our community,” said Gettysburg College Title IX Director Amanda Blaugher. “We are pleased to welcome representatives from the Department of Education to showcase the work that is currently underway – and will continue – on our campus with the support of this grant.”

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students and more than 65 academic programs. Gettysburg College has received three It’s On Us PA grants. York College was founded in 1787 and offers more than 70 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs with a wide range of humanities and sciences. York College has received It’s On Us PA grants five times.

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