La Roche College Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health

Updated on September 22, 2016

La Roche College is one nine national grantees of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OWH). 

The grant will allow La Roche to join an initiative to increase awareness of sexual assault on college campuses and implement successful prevention policies. The College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative provides three years of funding and supports the recommendations of the White House Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault campaigns, Not Alone and It’s On Us. 

Title IX Coordinator and Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Colleen Ruefle said, “La Roche College is honored to join with partner organizations to increase awareness of sexual assault on college campuses. This program will help us in our efforts to prevent violence against women, and it will provide the resources for us to implement successful prevention strategies.” 

La Roche will work with national and school partners to implement a targeted policy and practice change strategy. School partners include: the University of Pittsburgh, Tufts University, University of California, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, Kirkwood Community College, Point Park University, and the University of Mary Washington. National partners include NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, Futures Without Violence, Green Dot and the National Campus Leadership Council.

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.


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