Chestnut Hill College recently received a $30,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to support its ongoing efforts to prevent, address and ultimately end sexual violence on college campuses.
The grant was awarded to the College as part of the PA Department of Education and Wolf’s statewide grant program “It’s On Us PA.” Created in 2016, the education-based program seeks “to support postsecondary institutions’ efforts to create campus environments in which all community members are informed, active bystanders working together to end sexual violence, and where survivors are able to access the rights, resources, and accommodations afforded to them through state and federal law.” The College also received the grant in 2016.
“I am thankful to Governor Wolf for his commitment to make Pennsylvania’s campuses safer, as well as Senator Haywood and Representative Rabb for their continued support of our efforts,” said Chestnut Hill College President Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D. “Chestnut Hill College is committed to creating an environment where all are welcomed, valued and feel comfortable sharing their truths, and one in which sexual violence, in any form, is not tolerated.”
The College will use the funding to continue its efforts — which include institutional training, educational programs and campus events — to address and prevent sexual assault, with the ultimate goal being to end sexual violence on college campuses once and for all.
“Thank you [CHC] for your leadership and commitment to ensuring the safety, well-being and success of Pennsylvania’s next generation of leaders,” said Noe Ortego, deputy secretary for the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education. “We look forward to working with Chestnut Hill College through the ‘It’s On Us PA’ grant program in the months ahead.”
For more information, please visit www.education.pa.gov/Postsecondary-Adult/Pages/Governor-Wolf%27s-It%27s-On-Us-PA-Grant-Program.aspx.