It’s On Us Campaign Launches Student-Run Advisory Committee, Joey Wilson, GSSM Alumnus, Selected as Member

October 6, 2015

Washington, D.C. — Today, the It’s On Us campaign announced its Student Advisory Committee, a new initiative to provide exemplary student leaders with a larger role in bringing the It’s On Us message to campuses and communities across the country. The 17 members selected to be a part of the committee, including Joey Wilson, GSSM graduate and current Clemson University student, will not only play an integral role in activating new students on campuses nationwide, but will also serve as student thought leaders and help shape both national and local outreach strategy.

Joey Wilson“We’re thrilled to have these outstanding young leaders working alongside the It’s On Us campaign to develop innovative ways of reaching more people at both the local and national levels,” said Kristin Avery, “It’s On Us” campaign manager.  “The growth of this movement depends on individuals like the ones in this group organizing on a grassroots level, and we’re excited to see them empower their peers to step up and end campus sexual assault.”

Joey has helped host events on campus through his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. Last semester, they put together a seminar during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) entitled, “It’s Time to Talk About Sexual Assault, ASAP,” which brought a panel of six experts on the topic to Tillman Hall in Clemson to share their perspectives and stories. The event attracted over 500 students, faculty, staff, and community members. But, most importantly, after SAAM, the number of reports on Clemson’s campus doubled. Wilson says, “I truly believe the first steps in creating a more supportive and inclusive community for everyone are education and conversations. When people can relate, they can start to understand and sympathize. That breeds positive passion and action to move to a better tomorrow.”

With his position on the It’s On Us National Student Advisory Board, Wilson will now be responsible for guiding the future of the campaign and for hosting events to raise awareness on Clemson’s campus. He says, “I hope to sit on this board to share experiences and ideas so that my campus and causes across the United States can better take those first steps in changing perceptions and stigmas – after this, the momentum will take over and progress will start to come faster and faster.” 

The students were selected after a month long application process through which over 100 students applied. The following students are the inaugural group selected for the Student Advisory Committee:

  • David Clifford, Maryville College
  • Danielle Cooper, Baylor University
  • Winn Decker, North Carolina State University
  • Mayumi Dickerson, Louisiana State University
  • Samantha Franks, University of Missouri
  • Sharon George, University of Pittsburgh
  • Giselle Gomez, Grand Valley State University
  • Venkayla Haynes, Spelman College
  • Matt Hill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Shaquil Keels, United States Naval Academy
  • Abbey Miklitsch, University of Rhode Island
  • Kirat Sandhu, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Alexandra Leal Silva, Santa Rosa Academy
  • Samantha Skaller, Syracuse University
  • Emma Silvers, University of Oregon
  • Mary Toth, Bowling Green State University
  • Joey Wilson, Clemson University

On September 19, 2014, Generation Progress partnered with the White House to launch the “It’s On Us” campaign, aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault.  More than 230,000 people around the country have signed the pledge, and the campaign hosted more than 800 events around the country.  The campaign is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize the solution begins with us.  Please visit ItsOnUs.org to take the pledge.

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