Betsy DeVos & Michigan’s 1st Lady Sue Snyder To Discuss Campus Sexual Assault

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to meet Thursday with Michigan first lady Sue Snyder.

The pair will sit down in Washington to discuss campus sexual assault prevention and how Michigan can be a model for other states, said Anna Heaton, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Department of Education did not provide any details but listed the meeting on DeVos’ public schedule. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Last fall, Sue Snyder hosted Michigan’s second summit to find ways to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

Those gatherings seek to change the culture on college campuses through education and awareness, bringing together advocates, lawmakers, athletes and students to confront a problem that until recent years was largely stigmatized and not discussed openly on campus.

The state recently announced 18 community colleges and universities will receive a total $506,000 in grant funds to create sexual assault prevention programs on their campuses.

During her confirmation hearing this year, DeVos, who is from the Grand Rapids area, declined to commit to enforce Education Department guidance from 2011 for how colleges must address sexual assault on campus.

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