Frankel applauds $29,000 ‘It’s on Us PA’ grant for Carnegie Mellon University

Funding will be used to help combat sexual assault on campus

HARRISBURG, Dec. 10 -- State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today Carnegie Mellon University is receiving $29,000 through the It’s on Us PA grant program, a statewide initiative working to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

This grant program will provide funding from January 2022 through May 2023 to help post-secondary institutions, including public and private two- and four-year colleges, implement strategies on campus to combat sexual assault, increase access to reporting sexual assault, and better assist victims.

According to Frankel, for Carnegie Mellon University, It’s on Us PA funds will be used to increase awareness at a universal level by building positive, healthy relationships and creating a strategic plan for a caring, culturally responsive community. The funds will be used to increase reporting, educate students, and provide strategic training for groups that have been identified as high-risk based on data.

Frankel thanked the Wolf administration for prioritizing It’s on Us PA grants, noting that they serve to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians in multiple ways.

“Institutions of higher education are where many of our norms are set for the professional world,” Frankel said. “This money will help to protect college students now, but it will also serve as a down payment on better, more inclusive workplaces that support everyone.”

Frankel said 34 Pennsylvania schools were awarded more than $928,000 in this round of It’s on Us PA grant funding. More information about the program and a list of recipients can be found here.