Announced by Gov. Tom Wolf on January 5, Albright College has been awarded a 2021 Pennsylvania state It’s On Us PA grant for nearly $30,000. It’s On Us PA Grant funds support prevention and response to reports of sexual assault on campus.
Albright’s funding is earmarked to support a new anonymous reporting system, as well as campus-wide educational programs, events and training to increase the level of understanding that is necessary to reduce sexually violent acts committed on and around campus. Albright has taken the It’s On Us Pledge and has a dedicated web page with information about the movement, and a link inviting members of the Albright community to take the pledge.
“The grant will provide programming for students, faculty and staff on campus to raise awareness and to let victims know about the resources that are available,” said Samantha Wesner, DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC, senior vice president of student and campus life and chief health officer at Albright. “It’s about all of us coming together to try to stop sexual assault and sexual misconduct. We care about our students and we care about our faculty and staff, and we want our whole community to be able to feel that.”
The It’s On Us PA grant program, now in its fifth year, was created by the Wolf administration to provide colleges and universities with resources necessary to shift campus culture and promote healthy relationships. Albright is one of 37 colleges across the commonwealth to receive funds for 2021.
“This initiative has made Pennsylvania a leader in combatting sexual assault in colleges and universities,” said State Sen. Judy Schwank. “I’ve supported these programs from the beginning, and I’m beyond pleased to see Albright College successfully pursue these funds to better support the students on campus.”