Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College has received a grant in the amount of $290,698 from the Office on Violence Against Women at the United States Department of Justice to establish a Healthy Relationships Resource Center. The Center, which will be implemented by the College’s Department of Student Affairs, will prevent, respond to, and educate the Mount Aloysius community about sexual assault and other domestic violence issues, both off- and on-campus.

The initiative will provide comprehensive prevention education and responses to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking for students. A coordinated community response (CCR) team composed of off- and on-campus personnel will create plans and protocols to handle situations involving these issues. The Center will also promote a campus culture that actively encourages healthy relationships.

Communication between on-campus partners, community-based victim service providers, and the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office will be utilized and strengthened through the grant. In addition, students will have the opportunity to complete education and engagement programs discussing sexual assault and dating violence.

“We appreciate the DOJ’s recognition of the importance of this issue,” said John McKeegan, President of Mount Aloysius College. “The Healthy Relationships Resource Center will be an important part of our efforts to develop the ‘whole student’ and create greater awareness around these topics.”

Faculty, staff, and campus law enforcement will also learn about victim-centered, trauma-informed approaches to better help and support the college community.

By establishing a campus culture that actively promotes healthy relationships, the Healthy Relationships Resource Center will effectively educate, prevent, and respond to issues surrounding dating violence and sexual assault. To learn more about Mount Aloysius College, visit www.mtaloy.edu. The DOJ grants award number is 2020-WA-AX-0025.