Monday, October 3, 2016

'We Care!' Outreach Efforts Continue with High School Counselors

Jan Boivin and Marites McKee, standing, shared information on HPU's We Care!
efforts with high school counselors, sitting, who attended a Sept. 30 luncheon
The Hawai‘i Pacific University ‘ohana and the larger community of Hawai‘i joined at Aloha Tower Marketplace (ATM) for the second annual “We Care!” Fair on Thursday, Sept. 22.  The fair was started by Marites McKee, Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator, and Jan Boivin, General Counsel, to kick off a series of events and workshops designed to raise awareness on sexual violence prevention and the correlation between alcohol and sexual assault. A steady flow of visitors, including students and community members, attended the fair at the ATM atrium. Visitors — including President John Gotanda and Provost Matthew Liao-Troth — stopped by HPU’s Title IX table, which previewed training materials and shared information on how to report an incident of sexual harassment, including sexual assault. 

McKee and Boivin continued their "We Care!" efforts at the High School Counselor Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 30. Addressing 70 high school counselors, McKee and Boivin shared information on HPU’s College Campus Safety Program, which includes training designed for graduating high school seniors and their parents. Boivin explained that HPU is committed to educating Hawai'i’s graduating high school students about campus safety and sexual assault  — before students are caught up in the flurry of freshmen onboarding — at a time when parents can guide the conversation. McKee shared that the "We Care!" team completed its second annual training at its pilot site, Iolani School, in the Spring of 2016.

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