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Loyola University Chicago Wellness Center Awarded $300,000 Grant to Reduce Violence Against Women
CHICAGO, October 21, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago’s Wellness Center has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women. The grant, part of the DOJ’s Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus program, is designed to encourage institutions of higher education to adopt comprehensive, coordinated responses to these forms of violence and to foster greater collaboration between universities and community organizations.
We’re both excited and proud to be awarded this grant, which will provide resources to faculty and staff members at the University, as well as several community organizations, to help stop violence against women and make the Loyola community safer, says Wellness Center Director Diane Asaro. Violence against women on college campuses is all too common, and we are committed to using this money to confront the issue.
The grant will be implemented over three years and will fund efforts to expand the Wellness Center’s current violence prevention efforts, reduce violence on campus, and hold offenders more accountable. Funds will also be used to create a coordinated community response team composed of campus departments, students, and community organizations. In addition, the Office of the Illinois Attorney General will provide consultation. Efforts will also be made to conduct widespread violence prevention efforts, provide services for survivors of violence, and provide training for various University departments.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.