This summer, Assistant Professor of Theatre Allison Metz was invited to participate at a summit put on by Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder called, “Inform, Empower, Prevent: Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault.” Metz was asked to participate because of the work she has done with the Grand Valley ReACT team. ReACT is a peer theatre education program preventing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes on campus. Metz is a director in the ReACT program. She has her Masters of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth and her PhD in Theatre Research
The summit Metz attended was a day-long event held at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing on June 8, 2015. Along with Metz, another 22 Grand Valley faculty, staff, and administration attended. The summit allowed for staff from many different universities around Michigan to talk about how to prevent and handle campus sexual assault. The summit was the first phase in an ongoing operation organized by Snyder.
As part of Snyder’s campaign, there will be a Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program to support new solutions that address campus sexual assault. The grant will be worth 500,000 dollars. The application for the grant starts on August 5, 2015 and is open to all public or non-public universities and colleges and community colleges in Michigan.
Metz found the experience fascinating and plans to use some of the knowledge she gained from the summit in the ReACT program.
“Grand Valley was mentioned as one of the most influential universities in Michigan, as a leader in preventing campus sexual assault,” Metz said. She added that she walked away from the event feeling very proud of Grand Valley for being ahead of the game.