State awards Mercyhurst ‘It’s On Us’ grant to promote healthy relationships

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

it's on us logoMercyhurst University has received Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us grant in support of ongoing efforts to address campus sexual assault. Governor Tom Wolf launched the “It’s On Us PA” campaign on Jan. 29, 2016, to provide colleges and universities with the resources necessary to shift campus culture and promote healthy relationships.

Already home to a robust program managed through the university’s Title IX Office and Counseling Center, the just under $30,000 allocation strengthens a variety of ongoing initiatives. 

Dr. Judy Smith, executive director for wellness, expressed gratitude for the grant funds that, over the years, have supported general campus outreach, healthy relationship curricula, campus speakers, employee training, and the Coaching Boys Into Men program, among others.

“Students, staff, and educators across the Commonwealth have done tremendous work through ‘It’s On Us PA’ to protect learning environments and ensure they are free from sexual assault, harassment, and violence,” said Gov. Wolf in announcing the 2021 allocations. “These grants will further build on the work they have done to hold people accountable.”

In particular, Mercyhurst’s 2021 grant proposal seeks funds to create a healthy masculinity curriculum, continue its partnership with SafeNet and the Crime Victim Center, and maintain the UASK Hurst app. 

Since 2016, the Wolf Administration has awarded 150 It’s On Us PA grants totaling nearly $4 million to more than 70 post-secondary institutions, including public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

The 37 postsecondary institutions selected for 2021 grants include:

  • Albright College
  • Cabrini University
  • Chatham University
  • Cheyney University
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne University
  • Eastern University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Haverford College
  • Holy Family University
  • Indiana University of PA
  • Johnson College
  • Juniata College
  • Lackawanna College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lincoln University
  • Lock Haven University
  • Marywood University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Pierce College
  • Penn State University
  • Point Park University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Rosemont College
  • Seton Hill University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • St. Vincent College
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Scranton
  • West Chester University
  • Wilkes University
  • York College of PA