On October 8, Generation Progress announced its inaugural It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee. Launched on September 19th, 2014 in a partnership between the White House and Generation Progress, the It’s On Us campaign works to change the culture surrounding sexual assault on college campuses and communities throughout the country. In the year since, organizers have hosted 800 events across the country and more than 230,000 people have signed the It’s On Us pledge to be a part of the solution, not a bystander when it comes to campus sexual assault.
Now, the campaign has announced the Student Advisory Committee to bring It’s On Us to more colleges and communities throughout the country. With the creation of the committee, the campaign seeks to engage young people at the grassroots level, shifting policies and perspectives that allow sexual assault to continue. The advisory committee members will bring It’s On Us campaigns to people throughout the country, but will also bring back ideas from the grassroots level to the national level. Like the It’s On Us campaign, the Student Advisory Committee will focus on the idea of bystander intervention—the idea that one person, by standing up or speaking out, can help end campus sexual assault.
“We’re thrilled to have these outstanding young leaders working alongside the It’s On Us campaign to develop innovative ways of reaching more people at both the local and national levels,” said Kristin Avery, It’s On Us campaign manager. “The growth of this movement depends on individuals like the ones in this group organizing on a grassroots level, and we’re excited to see them empower their peers to step up and end campus sexual assault.”
Seventeen students from across the country, selected from a pool of over 100 applicants, comprise the first-ever Student Advisory Committee. Winn Decker, Graduate Advisor for Fraternity and Sorority Life at NC State, is among the chosen. To get involved with It’s On Us and take the pledge, visit the It’s On Us website.