Millersville University (MU) will host the “It’s On Us” education summit on the role of educators in ending sexual violence in our communities and schools for the first time this winter. The conference will take place on Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center (SMC) on campus. The Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, will be delivering brief remarks at noon.
Through this summit, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Lancaster and MU strive to increase education and awareness around sexual violence; equip educators with tools to implement new strategies in classrooms and on campuses; and engage individuals in dialogue, network with one another and learn about available community resources.
This summit was created through a partnership with the YWCA Lancaster as a part of our PA “It’s On Us” grant award from the Department of Education. “We believe there are limited local opportunities for educators to learn about sexual assault and local resources that are available to them,” says Jayme Trogus, director of the Center for Health Education and Promotion at MU.
Kayla Schneider, a junior at Lock Haven University, will be a keynote speaker at the summit. Her talk is titled, “Darkness to Light: Empowering Survivors from Crisis to Confidence.” Schneider is a member of the Children’s Justice Act Task Force of the PA Department of Human Services. She was Miss Keystone 2018 and used her life experiences as a platform during the experience.
Some of the benefits of attending this summit include: networking with local community resource representatives and other educators, and building personal knowledge and skills in working to educate students about sexual violence.
Interested in registering for this event? Go to the ticket office located in the SMC on MU’s campus or register online. Now through Dec. 7 the registration cost will be $20. Registration is free for students. Additional information about the summit can be found at: www.millersville.edu/chep.