UC Merced Update

Violence Prevention Program Gets a Boost from Verizon


Verizon presents a very large check donation

(left to right) Charles Nies, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs; Kari Mansager, director, UC Merced Violence Prevention Program; Anita Battle, Regional Sales Manager, California Government & Education, Verizon; Rita Spaur, UC Merced Chief of Police; Ralph Ochoa, UC Merced Foundation Trustee; Michael Page, Director of Government & External Affairs, Verizon; Jane Lawrence, vice chancellor for Student Affairs; and Autumn Williams-Hertz, student intern, UC Merced Violence Prevention Program.


A grant from the Verizon Foundation will enable UC Merced’s Violence Prevention Program — founded last year — to enhance its existing efforts with new messaging strategies, incorporating both social media and an interactive Web component.

The funding will provide the campus with resources to develop, launch and maintain a multimedia campaign to raise awareness, educate the campus community on appropriate behaviors and healthy relationships, link students to resources and ultimately prevent violence.

"By championing a crucial issue such as domestic violence which affect all ages, races and socioeconomic levels, the Verizon Foundation is clearly investing in the future,” interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations David Hosley said. “Through their generous support, the university’s Violence Prevention Program will take a major step toward changing the culture around domestic violence in order to send a clear message that violence is never acceptable."

The goal of the grant is to provide constant messaging that will help students recognize dating abuse, sexual assault and stalking and give them the tools to help prevent these forms of violence on campus and in the community. The educational tools and advocacy services will be accessible online and will support workshops and activities currently offered on campus. Through funding from the Verizon Foundation the Federal Department of Justice, UC Merced is working to help change the culture around domestic violence and serve as a model for colleges and universities around the country.