WEST CHESTER (December 1, 2016) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today announced that Lincoln University was recently awarded $30,000 in state funding as part of the “It’s On Us PA” campaign, a new state program designed to combat sexual assault on campus.

“The first job of any educational institution is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of its students,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee said. “This grant funding will assist Lincoln and other institutions of higher education in increasing awareness, education, and resources to combat sexual assault.”

img_0073_1-300x300The funds will go toward implementing strategies at Lincoln that to address goals of the It’s On Us PA campaign, which include:

  • Improving awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems regarding sexual violence.
  • Reducing barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender-based violence.
  • Demonstrating significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by working within the university community to improve its climate.

“Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us campaign is fostering discussions across the commonwealth about how we address the very serious issue of campus sexual assault,” Pennsylvania Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “These grant recipients will implement new approaches to tackling this issue, and will develop best practices that can potentially be replicated around the state.”

Lincoln was one of 36 applicants statewide to be approved for nearly $1 million in total grant funding through the program. The grants of up to $30,000 each were awarded to postsecondary institutions across the state – including community colleges, and independent and public 2- year and 4-year colleges and universities.

More than 60 applicants competed for funding. Grant awardees were selected using a blind evaluation process by a team assembled by the Department of Education.

Programs or activities that were considered for funding included campus-wide 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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