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Vice President Biden on Campus today in support of “Its on Us” Campaign aimed at ending sexual abuse and relationship violence on campus

Many of our students will participate in this weeks activities including hearing the Vice President speak today.

Many of our students will participate in this weeks activities including hearing the Vice President speak today.

The Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence will hold a number of events this week, including a visit from Vice President Joseph R. Biden L’68, as part of the “It’s On Us” campaign’s National Week of Action to help end sexual assault.

Biden, one of the cause’s leading advocates, will visit campus on Thursday, Nov. 12. He will address the campus community in Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center. Specific details of the event are being finalized; more information will follow in the days ahead.

Other events will include a documentary showing, speakers and information tables at the Schine Student Center and on The Quad.

The Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence was established in April following a recommendation by the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Advocacy, which delivered a final report in December 2014.

The Division of Student Affairs—in partnership with several departments on campus and with the full support of Chancellor Kent Syverud—instituted a number of the original workgroup’s recommendations. These included creating new support groups; signing on with the White House’s “It’s on Us” campaign; organizing a full calendar of educational programs and events around the subject of informed consent; and providing detailed information to faculty, staff and students about Title IX.

The National Week of Action, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9, through Friday, Nov. 13, is an initiative of the “It’s On Us” campaign, a public awareness and education campaign across university and college campuses nationwide to combat sexual assault.

“There are many dedicated members of our campus community continually working toward ending sexual and relationship violence, and coordinating the ‘It’s On Us’ Week of Action is another example of this excellent work,” says Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, task force co-chair. “We are grateful for all the students, staff and faculty that have come together to plan the ‘It’s On Us’ Week of Action and encourage all at Syracuse University to join us in pledging to end sexual and relationship violence.”

Students can take the “It’s On Us” pledge to end sexual assault and find out more about what they can do as individuals by attending the campus events. Messages about the campaign on campus can be viewed on Twitter using #ItsOnUsSU.

“The events planned for ‘It’s On Us’ week reflect the great commitment the University and its partners have to raising awareness and engaging everyone in working to end sexual assault. These events show the wider community that we take sexual assault seriously and align us with many of our peer institutions in taking responsibility for ending sexual assault,” says Dean of the School of Education Joanna Masingila, task force co-chair. “The planning committee has worked extremely hard to pull these events together and I encourage students, faculty and staff to participate.”

The “It’s On Us” campaign kicked off nationally last fall, and as part of the effort, 17 college students were appointed to the campaign’s Student Advisory Committee. Samantha Skaller, a junior in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, was one of those students named to the committee, which is charged with delivering the campaign message to campuses nationwide. Skaller, along with the peer educators in the Office of Health Promotion and the Syracuse “It’s On Us” student team, have spent countless hours promoting the campaign.

“Our community has been working tirelessly to raise awareness and put an end to sexual assault and relationship violence once and for all,” says Skaller. “I am confident that is why Vice President Biden has selected our campus for one of his visits. I hope my fellow students will join me next week in taking the pledge and making a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.”

The following is a list of the events:


Monday, Nov. 9

It’s On Us Tabling — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Schine Student Center and the Quad
Come to Schine Student Center and the Quad to find out more information about the national “It’s On Us” campaign and how to get involved. Volunteers will be handing out teal ribbons, informational pamphlets, bracelets and much more. Stop by to also take photos and to take the pledge to stop sexual assault on college campuses.

Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—And What We Can Do About It — 5:30-6:30 p.m., Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, 140 Newhouse 3
Author Kate Harding has an “engaging and comprehensive” look at sexual assault in its cultural context. Author reading followed by discussion and book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event and the SU Bookstore.

A Conversation Across Cultures: Sexual and Relationship Violence in a Global Context — 7:00-8:15 p.m., Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, 140 Newhouse 3
Interested in these issues in their international and global contexts? Join a conversation as students, staff and faculty from different world cultures share perspectives on sexual violence.


Tuesday, Nov. 10

Teal Tuesday—All Day, Entire Campus/Community
All members of the Syracuse University community are invited to participate in “Teal Tuesday!” Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear teal to show their support for sexual assault survivors.

It’s On Us Tabling—10 a.m.-2 p.m., Schine Student Center and the Quad

Paint the Campus Teal—10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Quad
The Syracuse University community is invited to decorate the Quad teal, using teal yarn, ribbons and chalk to show our support for sexual assault survivors.

“The Hunting Ground” Screening and Panel Discussion 7 p.m., Hendricks Chapel
This documentary follows college sexual assault survivors pursuing both their education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Tula Goenka, filmmaker, author, human rights activist, and professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The panelists include:Skaller; Sheila Johnson-Willis, interim Chief Equal Opportunity and Title IX Officer; Donald G. McPherson, activist and feminist, who for the last two decades has been a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence; and Eric McGriff, peer and a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. The panel will discuss the content of the film; what Syracuse University is doing to combat sexual and relationship violence; and answer audience questions.


Thursday, Nov. 12

It’s On Us Tabling—10 a.m.-2 p.m., Schine Student Center

No More Sorrow, No More Silence: The Voice of a Survivor—7 p.m., Falk College, Room 104
Jennifer Nadler, Onondaga Community College Professor and Le Moyne College alumna
Nadler is a professor, wife and mother. She is also a sexual abuse survivor. This presentation chronicles the sexual abuse Jennifer endured as a child, the long-term effects she suffered because of it and her long, arduous journey to healing.


Friday, Nov. 13

It’s On Us Tabling — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Schine Student Center

Throughout the week, “Enough is Enough” presentations will be held for student-athletes in the morning and Greek councils in the evening.

The week’s events are sponsored by Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence; Office of the Chancellor; School of Architecture; College of Arts and Sciences; School of Education; College of Engineering and Computer Science; David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics; the Graduate School; School of Information Studies (iSchool); College of Law; Martin J. Whitman School of Management; Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; College of Visual and Performing Arts; University College; the Renée Crown University Honors Program; The Syracuse University Humanities Center; Department of Psychology; Hendricks Chapel; Office of Health Promotion; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Office of the Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs; Office of Student Assistance; Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities; SU Abroad; Department of Athletics; Department of Recreation Services; Division of Advancement and External Affairs; Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services; A Men’s Issue (AMI); Business and Facility Maintenance Services; Counseling Center; Disability Cultural Center; Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services; Graduate Student Organization; Hill Communications; LGBT Resource Center; Learning Environments Media Productions; The Panhellenic Council; The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC); SASSE (Students Advocating Sexual Safety and Empowerment); Slutzker Center for International Services; South Asia Center; Student Association; and Student Centers and Programming Services.


[reposted from SU News, Monday, November 9, written by Kathleen Haley]

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