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Drexel Launches Sexual Violence Awareness Month
Logo for the Office of Equality and Diversity's Title IX campaign.
The problem of sexual violence on college campuses cannot be ignored.
At Drexel, efforts are being made not just to bring awareness to the
issue, but to encourage the community to step up efforts to prevent assaults.
“Our ability to prevent sexual
violence in our community requires a collective effort by faculty, professional
staff, administrators, and students,” said Michele Rovinsky-Mayer, associate
vice president of Equality and Diversity. “It really is on all of us to create
a culture where gender discrimination in any form is not tolerated.”
Throughout April, which is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month,
Drexel’s Office of Equality and Diversity is leading efforts to raise campus
consciousness of sexual violence.
It won’t be uncommon to see teal shirts in the Drexel community in
April. Teal is the color that represents the fight against sexual violence, and
those wearing the shirts stand as advocates for taking a more proactive role to
The message from the Office of Equality and Diversity is, “See something?
Hear Something? Know something? Say something!”
In a recent town hall meeting, President John Fry spoke on the need to
focus on issues of sexual violence, which fall under the federal Title IX
“You can’t have a civil university environment and have people committing
crimes on others,” he said.
Throughout the month, there will be a variety ways to learn more and
to show your support of the cause. Here are a few examples:
Every Tuesday, street teams will be on campus
wearing teal and distributing materials to promote awareness and prevention of
sexual violence. For more information, contact Paul Apicella, JD, Title IX
compliance specialist in the Office of Equality and Diversity at
Additionally, everyone is encouraged to wear
teal on Tuesdays as a show of solidarity. The Office of Equality and Diversity
will be distributing the shirts.
Bystander intervention training is going to be
offered in a pilot program April 24 (10–11:30 p.m.) and April 29 (6–7:30 p.m.).
The training will educate members of the Drexel community on how to prevent and
respond to sexual violence proactively. For more information, contact Millie
Carvalho-Grevious, PhD, diversity and inclusion coordinator in the Office of
Equality and Diversity, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For anyone who needs help, knows someone who may need help or just
wants to know more, the Office of Equality and Diversity has a new Title
IX site complete with resources here.