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It's On Us is a national campaign and cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault, developed by the Center for American Progress with the White House. Syracuse University is a campus partner in this campaign.

VP Joe Biden: "Have the gumption to step in."

Vice President Joe Biden L'68 returns to his alma mater and gives an impassioned speech to students and other members of the Syracuse University community to join with the campaign to combat sexual assault across university and college campuses nationwide.

Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence

Dear Syracuse University community members,

The Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence has been hard at work since it was created on April 23, 2015. On a recommendation by the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Advocacy, I appointed a 30-member task force to address improvements in sexual violence prevention, education and advocacy services.

The task force is made up of dedicated students, faculty and staff with various expertise and perspectives, along with the executive director of Vera House. They review the services, policies and programs that make up our effort to combat sexual and relationship violence. I am thankful for their diligence and continued efforts in making this a safer, more supportive campus.

We saw the results of their critical work during the visit by Vice President Joseph R. Biden L’68 in November. He was here as part of the “It’s On Us” campaign and the National Week of Action. The task force also hosted a number of other events that week. Through their efforts, we look forward to the many ways we will see our campus tackle this important issue.

Along with the task force members, many peer educators, student organizations, staff and faculty members, and individual students are dedicated to this cause. We must all join with them to end sexual and relationship violence. It is all of our responsibility to ensure a safe campus environment.

Chancellor Kent Syverud

Task Force Members

  • Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, senior vice president and dean of Student Affairs, co-chair
  • Joanna O. Masingila, professor and dean, School of Education, co-chair
  • Randi K. Bregman, executive director, Vera House
  • Katelyn U. Cowen, director of health promotions
  • Rebecca S. Dayton, associate vice president for health and wellness
  • Linda Stone Fish, professor of marriage and family therapy, Falk College
  • Herman R. Frazier, deputy director of athletics
  • Tula Goenka, associate professor, Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Andy Gordon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer
  • Tiffany Gray, director, LGBT Resource Center
  • Daria Grineva, Panhellenic Director of Programming, member of Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Huey Hsiao, associate director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Rachel Johnson, peer educator, Senior in Sport and Human Dynamics
  • Sheila Johnson-Willis, interim chief, equal opportunity & Title IX officer
  • Joyce LaLonde, Student Association representative
  • Samuel L. Leiterman, Graduate Student Organization representative
  • Lynn S. Levey, legal writing professor, College of Law
  • Andrew S. London, professor of sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Bobby Maldonado, chief, Department of Public Safety
  • Suzette Melendez, lecturer, College of Law
  • Jeffrey S. Pauline, associate professor of Sport Management, Falk College
  • Abby Perer, associate general counsel
  • Pamela A. Peter, director, Student Rights and Responsibilities, assistant dean of student affairs
  • Amy Quichiz, Students Advancing Sexual Safety and Empowerment representative
  • Sarah Scalese, associate vice president, University Communications
  • Sarah T. Solomon, director, Office of Student Assistance
  • Jeffrey M. Stanton, associate provost
  • Tijuana Thevenin, student-athlete
  • Cory Wallack, director, Counseling Center
  • Barry L. Wells, special assistant to the Chancellor


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