Manor College will receive nearly the maximum $30,000 grant as part of the statewide campaign, Gov. Tom Wolf announced in December.
Manor College was named one of 34 colleges across Pennsylvania to receive the ‘It’s On Us’ grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Wolf Administration announced last month.
The It’s On Us PA campaign is designed to protect students from sexual violence.
“Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities must be a safe space for students to learn and grow without fear of violence, harassment or abuse,” Governor Wolf said. “Each one of us has a responsibility to promote healthy relationships, and the It’s On Us PA grant program was created to provide pathways to training and resources that improve campus culture and engagement.”
The grants provide funding from Jan. 2022 through May 2023 to implement strategies on campuses, such as improving awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools and removing and reducing barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources.
At Manor College, the grant will advance education, awareness and safety through programming and campus installations.
Among the highlights of Manor College’s grant usage is the purchase of the SEPTA bus shelter at the entrance to campus, as well as the installation of a blue light near the stop. The college can further work to project students by providing a safe space to await transportation. The blue light will give students access to call for help, if needed, as well as be armed with information on prevention, contact and reporting via signage in the shelter.
“Manor College is blessed and honored to have been selected to receive the It’s On Us grant for a fourth year,” Allison Mootz, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Manor College, said. “With the support of this grant, we are able to provide to our campus community trainings, programming and tools to keep our campus safe and armed with knowledge to prevent sexual assault both on campus and off.
“This year, we are particularly excited to execute the grant as we are adding in new events and safety measures, such as, the installation of blue lights on campus and events targeted to local high school students to educate them on self-defense and personal safety.”