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By Claire Halffield
October 6, 2015
Caption : The It's On Us Student Advisory Committee, announced today, will bring the It's On Us message to more campuses and communities throughout the country.     

Today, 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. They include:

David Clifford is a political science major at Maryville College where he serves as the Student Body President.

Danielle Cooper studies political science and philosophy through the Interdisciplinary Core and Honors programs at Baylor University. She is also the Academic Affairs Committee Chair of the Student Senate.

Winn Decker is a graduate student at North Carolina State University. Decker is pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and advises both the Multicultural (MGC) and Inter-fraternity (IFC) Greek councils.

Mayumi Dickerson attends Louisiana State University with a combined concentration in political communications, disaster science and management, and professional leadership.

Samantha Franks studies political science and English at the University of Missouri. She serves on the executive board of the Missouri Students Association as the director of student services.

Sharon George is currently pursuing her BA in politics and philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.She recently interned at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia.

Giselle Gomez attends Grand Valley State University (GVSU) as a secondary education major with a minor in psychology. She is an active member of the GVSU campus organization Eyes Wide Open.

Venkayla Haynes is a Spelman College biology major. She dedicates her time to activities that deal with mentoring students in both the United States and Africa by providing them with project-based learning activities.

Matt Hill is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student body vice president, and he is a senior double majoring in political science and communication.

Shaquil Keels is a United States Naval Academy Second Class Midshipman (Junior) and a member of the 7th Company at the United States Naval Academy. He is a member of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Education Program, better known as SHAPE, and the Men’s 1-in-4 Program.

Abbey Miklitsch studies Psychology and Criminology double major with minors in Underwater Archaeology and Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island. She is the former president of URI SAAC, a member of the Atlantic 10 SAAC, and a member of the NCAA Division I SAAC.

Kirat Sandhu attends Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis where she studies women’s studies and philanthropic studies. Sandhu plans to go on to get her Masters in Gender and Development, and eventually attend law school to pursue a JD.

Alexandra Leal Silva is a high school student attending Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee, CA.

Samantha Skaller is a dual major in Viola Performance and Music History & Cultures at Syracuse University. Skaller is very involved in Sigma Alpha Iota as the promotions chair, and also serves as Pit Manager for First Year Players.

Emma Silvers is currently studying public relations with an emphasis in crisis communications at the University of Oregon (UO). She is the chapter president for Kappa Alpha Theta at UO and a member of the Student Life Emerging Leaders Cohort.

Mary Toth attends Bowling Green State University where she is active in the Resident Student Association and National Residence Hall Honorary.

Joey Wilson is a junior bio-engineering and political science major at Clemson University. He has taught English at Tsinghua University in China, learned about politics in the Balkans, and conducted scientific research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

To get involved with It’s On Us and take the pledge, visit the It’s On Us website.

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