Waxman announces $40K for Thomas Jefferson University from It’s On Us PA grant

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – State Rep. Ben Waxman, D-Phila., today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded an It’s On Us PA grant of $40,000 to Thomas Jefferson University.

“I am thrilled that the Department of Education has made a significant grant to Thomas Jefferson University to help prevent sexual assault and violence on college campuses,” Waxman said. “We must do everything possible to support survivors and make Pennsylvania’s campuses a safe place for all.”

Governor Tom Wolf established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign to combat campus sexual assault and violence, nearly seven years ago and has made Pennsylvania a national leader in improving campus safety.

The grants provide funding from Jan. 1, 2023, through May 31, 2024, to implement strategies on campuses to address goals of the It’s On Us PA campaign, which include:

  1. Improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.
  2. Remove or reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting incidents or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender-based violence.
  3. Demonstrate significant, proactive and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.

The national It's On Us campaign was created by the Obama Administration to raise awareness about sexual assault, teach participants that assault includes non-consensual sex, advise them on how to identify dangerous situations, empower them to intervene and urge them to create an environment of support for victims and survivors.

You can find out more about It’s On Us grants at the PDE website.

For more information, contact Waxman’s office.