How Does Your Institution Promote Relationship Safety?
Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of female victims of abuse (47%) and more than one-third of male victims (39%) are between 18 and 24 years of age when they first experience violence by an intimate partner? This means that colleges have the opportunity to treat and even help prevent relationship abuse and violence among this population.
Sharon O'Brien, director of Catholics for Family Peace in the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America, is writing an article for the fall edition of Update. She will identify ways to observe the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month that is recognized each year in October.
If you would like O'Brien to know what your college or university is doing to help promote relationship safety, please reach out to her. You may email her by July 15th at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Census: Make Sure Your Students Are Counted
ACCU is happy to be working with representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau to promote participation in the 2020 census, which has significant implications for community services and social justice.
Results of the 2020 Census will determine how many representatives each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and serve as the basis for redistricting at the local, state, and federal levels. Census statistics are also used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination. In addition, the data collected from the census will help local, state, and federal officials decide how to spend billions of dollars in federal funds every year for the next 10 years on vital public services like healthcare, education, and transportation.
In fact, several major federal programs that help colleges and their students use Census Bureau data to inform funding decisions. Among those programs are (1) Pell Grants for college students. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education spent nearly $30 billion to subsidize college tuition for students in need of financial assistance nationwide; and (2) aid for land-grant and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
College students count, too, whether living on campus or in off-campus housing. ACCU encourages its member campuses to ensure that students are counted according to the guidelines of the Census Bureau. More information is available online.