Introducing The New 2016–2017 It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee
Today, we are excited and proud to announce the 2016–2017 It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee, 28 remarkable students from college campuses and military academies who embody the message of It’s On Us.
Our new 2016–2017 Student Advisory Committee is made up of exemplary members studying political science and government to mathematics, gender and sexuality studies, to psychology and public health. Our members are also all highly engaged in their school, through leadership roles in their sororities and fraternities, student governments, LGBTQ groups, and multicultural groups like Asian Pacific Club or Black Action Student Association. Many have experience working around the issue of sexual assault, whether as volunteer crisis counselors, peer educators, or leading bystander intervention training.
It’s On Us asks students to take the lead on their campuses and mobilize their peers to create cultural and systemic changes. In 2015, the It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee was created to further empower young people to step up and to be a part of the solution.
Student leaders have an incredible opportunity to start conversations on their campuses, create a community of care, and encourage bystander intervention among their peers. The Student Advisory Committee members reach out to interested students to help them plan programming at their respective schools, both during the National Week of Action and throughout the school year. They will be responsible for the coordination and the execution of events, through phone calls, meetings, and summits. The Student Advisory Committee acts as a liaison between It’s On Us and the students on campuses throughout the country.
This year, we have reorganized the Student Advisory Committee by dividing our committee members by regions in the United States, with seven geographical regions and one military. The regions will serve as a structure to unite students and enable them to share best practices, host regional events, and share best practices with other student leaders.
We decided to have also one team dedicated solely to military academies, as we recognize the unique challenges and opportunities that take place at such institutions. We are proud to say our members have worked with organizations like Cadets Against Sexual Harassment and Assault (CASHA) and Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Education (SHAPE).
Cultural change will not happen overnight, and it will definitely not happen alone. Each Student Advisory Committee region will act as a team. It’s On Us is thrilled to see leaders on different campuses take ownership of their work and join their regional leaders.
While we are very pleased to announce our new Student Advisory Committee, this work is not limited to them. We’re calling on students across the country to get involved with the campaign by joining our new regional teams. Regional teams will work directly with our Student Advisory Committee members and national staff to build movements on their campuses. Sign up here to join your It’s On Us regional team!