ASU receives funding toward violence, sexual assault prevention
ALBANY, Ga. – Albany State University (ASU) recently received funding to be an active player in preventing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking on college campuses. The university was awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant by the Department of Justice and the Office of Violence Against Women to engage, educate and empower the campus and surrounding communities on a nationwide problem.
“The grant is especially significant because colleges and universities face unique issues and challenges in preventing and responding to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking,” said Rowena Daniels, ASU Chief Legal Affairs Officer. “ASU will be very intentional in addressing key populations in an effort to increase awareness and decrease biases and stigmatization.”
The campus partners will collaborate with local police departments and organizations, including the Lily Pad, Liberty House and Turning Point behavioral health and campus partners, to develop a comprehensive coordinated community approach which will focus on response, prevention, intervention and education.
“Our goal is to enhance the ASU student experience by creating a culture of excellence,” Daniels said. “We cannot do this without our community partners. Together, we will strengthen our policies and protocols and ensure that campus and community resources are easily accessible.”
About ASU … Albany State University, in Southwest Georgia, has been a catalyst for change in the region from its inception as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute to its designation as a university. Founded in 1903 to educate African-American youth, the university continues to fulfill its historic mission while also serving the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. A progressive institution, Albany State University seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state and nation through teaching, research, creative expression and public service. Through its collaborative efforts, the university responds to the needs of all of its constituents and offers educational programs and service to improve the quality of life in Southwest Georgia. For more information, please visit https://www.asurams.edu/. Follow the university on Twitter and Facebook @AlbanyStateUniv.