The ten members of the Baltimore Area Higher Education Coalition against Sexual Violence — including MICUA members Goucher College, Loyola University Maryland, McDaniel College, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Notre Dame of Maryland University, and Stevenson University — together have won a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The coalition also includes the Community College of Baltimore County, Coppin State University, Towson University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The grant will be used to generate new strategies to prevent, respond to, investigate, and hold offenders accountable for sexual assault and dating violence, and strengthen trauma-informed, victim services on campus and in the community.
All ten schools offer preventative and support services for the more than 125,000 students who attend these institutions. Services include survivors on- and off-campus counseling; reporting options; transportation to the emergency room; and mandatory prevention and education programming during student orientation. Each campus also has a Sexual Assault Response Team that meets regularly to discuss protocols and procedures to respond to incidents of sexual violence.
“Our organizations are united against sexual assault and dating violence and committed to creating a safer, more secure environment for college students,” said Katsura Kurita, J.D., assistant vice president for student development and Title IX deputy coordinator at Loyola. “We will make exponentially more progress by working together along with our campus partners on vital initiatives that will improve victim services and prevent future violence on our campuses and in our region, and there is an incredible opportunity for our efforts to have an even greater impact with the support of this new funding from the Department of Justice.”
The community partners on the project are local victim service provider TurnAround Inc., the Baltimore City Police Department, and the Baltimore Collegetown Network.