WPI Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Joins National Campaign to End Sexual Violence on Campuses
WORCESTER – The WPI Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA) along with our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) have partnered with the "It's On Us" campaign to raise awareness for the prevention of sexual assault on college campuses by urging the public to stand up against sexual assault and step away from the sidelines to be an active part of the solution.
This important initiative is a nationwide effort to educate and promote effective strategies to help stop sexual violence and provide support to survivors. To that end, the PERA department has worked with WPI's Title IX office for educational programming with all student-athletes, coaches and administrators in the areas of prevention, bystander intervention and support systems.
"The "It's On Us" campaign makes stopping sexual violence the job of every person in a community," commented WPI Title IX Coordinator commented Melissa A. Pierce. "By adopting this simple, but powerful idea, WPI Athletics is a leader in shifting the culture on campus, toward safety and respect for all students.
"It's On Us is a movement created to increase public knowledge of sexual assault in hopes that with increased social awareness we can prevent sexual assaults from occurring in our community," stated football student-athlete and SAAC co-chair Marcus Pritchard. "Social responsibility for these assaults starts with each individual becoming more informed on how to assess, react, and prevent these situations. WPI Athletics wants to be a part of the solution starting with our athletes and eventually reaching out to the rest of the school's community."
As a result of this comprehensive effort to being leaders in this important campaign to help make WPI a safe place for everyone, our SAAC has developed a video to help educate and declare their commitment to end sexual violence at WPI. This video was generously funded by the Women's Impact Network, a diverse group of visionary women who share a passion for education, leadership, and philanthropy. Through WIN, members will be provided the occasion to become more familiar with unique opportunities and challenges at WPI, and to assume an important role to help advance WPI's future.
"This video message represents the type of student-athletes that we want here at WPI," remarked baseball student-athlete and SAAC co-chair Ryan Tropeano. "Creating an environment that stresses the importance of sexual assault awareness, can influence more than just student-athletes on campus. We hope that this message that student-athletes are sharing stretches to the whole student body, along with faculty and staff!"
"In SAAC we are able use our leadership positions to educate more people in the WPI community about sexual assault," stated track and field student-athlete and SAAC tri-chair Kendra O'Malley. "Knowledge is power and the more people that are aware of sexual assault, the less stigmatism there is behind it."
To learn more about WPI's resources for sexual violence preventions, go here https://www.wpi.edu/offices/title-ix