The STAR Project
A grant-funded collaboration between the Blackburn Center & Seton Hill University
Seton Hill has a long-standing partnership with the Blackburn Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. In recent years, a group composed of representatives from Blackburn Center and Seton Hill faculty and administration have formalized this partnership by integrating the mission of Blackburn Center into the educational experience at Seton Hill.
Through programming and curriculum revision, this group (called STAR, for Social Transformation through Awareness and Resolve) addresses the issues of domestic and sexual violence by creating opportunities to:
- Develop and evaluate primary prevention strategies.
- Engage students in Blackburn Center’s social transformation goals.
- Test effectiveness of Blackburn Center’s messaging with young adults.
- Establish a long-term commitment between the organizations (a span of at least 10 years).
As a result of this project, Seton Hill students in appropriate courses, degree programs and service groups will:
- Learn how a human service organization operates.
- Have the opportunity to apply their skills through service learning activities with Blackburn Center.
- Give of their time and talents to help transform the world (especially around issues of domestic violence, sexual violence and gender inequality).
- Take new sensitivity to gender violence and gender norms with them into the workplace and the world at large.