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Inaugural It’s On Us National Student Leadership Summit is Aug. 2-5 at OHIO

Dozens of student leaders from across the country will gather at Ohio University this weekend to learn about creating a culture of consent, bystander intervention and survivor support during the inaugural It’s On Us National Student Leadership Summit

Members from OHIO’s It’s On Us chapter will be in attendance, as will students from several universities in the state of Ohio, including Miami University, University of Cincinnati, Bowling Green State University, University of Dayton, Ohio State University and others. 

“Students from across the country will join Ohio University to establish best practices related to creating a culture of consent on college campuses,” said OHIO Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones. “We are proud to provide national leadership in our efforts to combat sexual violence on college campuses through our partnership with It’s On Us.”

The summit is the first of its kind in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to hear from It’s On Us organizers as well as Lynn Rosenthal, the first-ever senior advisor on combatting violence against women appointed to the White House. Representatives from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, will also be in attendance. 

"We are proud to host the inaugural It’s On Us National Student Leadership Summit," said OHIO Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina. "Our community has worked hard to ensure our professionals educate the community about sexual misconduct issues, support survivors, and continue to create an environment that is safe for everyone."

All students attending will participate in three workshops facilitated by It’s On Us student leaders: Sexual Assault Awareness/Consent Education; Bystander Intervention; and Survivor Support. Students will also be able to choose from three additional workshops, some of which include “Tools in Your Campus Organizing Toolbox,” “Changing the Culture on Your Campus,” and “Shifting the Landscape: Public Policy and Legislative Action.” 

“The It’s On Us Summit is an important opportunity for OHIO to lead our state and country’s conversation around appropriate and effective means of sexual and gender-based violence prevention,” said Mat Hall, assistant director of health promotion at OHIO. “Bystander Intervention is the first comprehensively effective strategy for reducing and eliminating violence on our campuses, and the inclusive nature of intervention gives all of us responsibility in this work. It’s On Us, as a national campaign and conference, challenges us all to be mindful and engaged bystanders, and the presence of the conference on our campus highlights the collaborative and inclusive work that we’re implementing at OHIO.” 

More than 440,000 people have taken a stand against sexual violence by taking the It’s On Us Pledge, including celebrities such as Rose Byrne, Kevin Love, Kerry Washington, Common, Connie Britton, Randy Jackson and Lance Bass. Ohio University and It’s On Us encourage everyone to take the pledge to commit to helping create a culture of consent, bystander intervention and survivor support.

To keep up with the summit, make sure to follow @ItsOnUs on Twitter and the hashtag #IOUSummit

More about the It’s On Us Summit

The first-ever National Student Leadership Summit to Combat Sexual Assault will convene college students across the country for an intensive weekend of trainings, workshops, keynotes and plenaries. The summit will provide students with the opportunity to connect with each other, share ideas for programming and organizing and engage in workshops and trainings on the most up-to-date resources and best practices. 

It’s On Us will also roll out three new peer-led educational programs focused on bystander intervention, sexual assault awareness and survivor support, and launch groundbreaking creative content. 

More about It’s On Us

Launched in September 2014, It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. The campaign was launched following recommendations from the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault that noted the importance of engaging everyone in the conversation to end sexual violence.

It’s On Us asks everyone – students, community leaders, parents, organizations, and companies – to step up and realize that the conversation changes with us. It’s a rallying cry to be a part of the solution. The campaign combines innovative creative content and grassroots organizing techniques to spark conversation on a national and local level.

Over the past two years, almost 440,000 people have taken a stand against sexual violence by taking the It’s On Us pledge. The campaign works with 95 partners and students on more than 500 campuses. 



Survivor Advocacy Program: Three full-time licensed professional social workers serve our students throughout the year. They have a crisis hotline that is available 24/7 at 740-597-SAFE (7233).

Counseling and Psychological Services: The staff at Counseling and Psychological Services are licensed, fully-confidential and support students 24/7 at 740-593-1616.

Ohio Health Campus Care: The OhioHealth Campus Care clinic, located on the 1st and 2nd floors of Hudson Hall, has trained, confidential clinicians who offer a wide range of services. The quick care clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If a student wishes to report an incidence of sexual misconduct to the university, they can contact Equity and Civil Rights Compliance at 740-593-9140 or equity@ohio.edu.

If a student wishes to make a criminal report regarding sexual violence, for incidents occurring on campus, they can contact our Ohio University Police Department, 911 (emergency) or 740-593-1911, Scott Quad 135 or police@ohio.edu.

If a student wishes to make a criminal report regarding sexual violence for incidents occurring off-campus, they can contact the Athens Police Department: 9-1-1 (emergencies) or 740-592-3313.  

Confidential campus resources are available to support survivors:

Survivor Advocacy Program
Lindley Hall 038
Ph: 24 hour hotline: 740-597-SAFE (7233)

Counseling and Psychological Services
Ph: 24 hour hotline: 740-593-1616

Ohio Health Campus Care
Ph: 740-592-7100