College Secures $10,000 Grant to Join Violence Prevention Program

January 10, 2017

R.A.D. trainers work with Stonehill students.

A national foundation that addresses the issue of sexual assault and violence has committed a $10,000 grant to the College.

Stonehill was one of 20 colleges selected to participate in Avon’s first-ever leadership program that enables participating schools to develop and implement action plans to prevent and respond to sexual assault at their respective institutions.

The Avon Foundation works to improves the lives of women and their families and provides funds to colleges seeking to decrease gender-based violence on their campuses.

The leadership program will offer professional development and intercollegiate networking that College staff can use to enhance current sexual assault and violence prevention initiatives, including Bystander Intervention Training; One Love: Escalation workshops on recognizing and responding to dating violence prevention; R.A.D. Self Defense classes for women; and awareness weeks, training, programs, workshops, and other health promotion events.

“We’re in a great place to enhance the work we’re already doing on this issue at the College,” said Jessica Greene, Stonehill’s Health and Wellness Coordinator. “We have a multi-departmental team working on this grant and its implementation.”

Planned uses for the grant include: inviting a national leader from the University of New Hampshire to campus to train additional staff members and faculty on Bystander Intervention; creating multiple social marketing campaigns on topics such as sexual assault prevention and destigmatizing sexual assault reporting; and offering a new leadership training course for student clubs and organizations, athletics, and peer health educators.

“We want to further institutionalize sexual assault prevention,” said Greene. “We’ve been asking ourselves, ‘How do we make this something that is addressed at every area of our college campus?’ We’re glad to have more resources to answer that question.”

To that end, the College will also be using the grant to create an in-depth four-year plan that ensures every student receives sexual assault prevention training throughout their college experience.

Stonehill is deeply committed to ensuring the College campus is a safe place where all students, faculty, and staff, feel supported and empowered. The College’s work around sexual assault and violence prevention is a key part of fulfilling that commitment.

To learn more about the Avon program, visit here.