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MSP grant $15,800 to Delta College for campus safety

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Michigan State Police have granted thousands of dollars to a local college to create a safe campus for all students.

The award is part of MSP’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program, which gives money to Michigan colleges and universities to create sexual assault prevention programs on their campuses.

Delta College has been awarded $15,800 from the program.

The award will help fund two student-led and student-driven campaigns.

The first campaign is called “V-Day.” It’s a global movement to end violence against women and girls, promoting creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

Delta’s involvement will include film screenings, plays and the presence of professionals in the field of sexual assault prevention on campus to create a relaxed yet alert spotlight on sexual assault and what the college can do with and about it.

The second program is called “It’s on Us.”  The campaign was launched in 2014 by President Barack Obama and provides awareness to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.

The program asks everyone – men and women across America – to make a personal commitment to step off the sidelines and be part of the solution to campus sexual assault.

Delta College will be hosting events, including a roundtable discussion with students, a workshop for survivors, and sessions on rape culture and how everyone can work together to change it.

The campaign will conclude with a focus on support and healing for survivors.

“Combining these two campaigns will deepen the relevancy, conversation and critical thinking surrounding sexual assault awareness on our campus,” Jodi Ann Stevenson, associate professor of English at Delta College said. “There are also many campuses working on trainings for their faculty and staff with regards to sexual assault awareness and prevention. Using these campus programs as models, we would like to create two trainings a year for our faculty and staff.”

Last year, Delta College received $28,850 to host a student competition to produce videos on the topics of consent, risk reduction and bystander intervention.

For more information, contact Stevenson at jodiannstevenson@delta.edu or 989-686-9174.

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