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Thiel College fraternity spending time ‘in her shoes’ for Mercer County women’s shelter


Thiel College fraternity spending time ‘in her shoes’ for Mercer County women’s shelter

GREENVILLE, Pa.—The members of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Thiel College, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, are wearing high heels and standing at the intersection of routes 18 and 58 to collect donations for a Mercer County domestic shelter today through Saturday.

The fraternity is participating in its inaugural “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser.

Proceeds from their fundraising will be donated to the Mercer County domestic and sexual violence victims agency AWARE, Inc.

The members are collecting money along College Avenue. They will also be collecting in the same location from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Following Saturday’s collection, the members will conduct a race in heels on campus near the Quad.

As part of receiving the “Its On Us PA” grant, the Thiel College community will be introducing a number of initiatives for education and awareness for faculty, staff and students for reporting incidents of sexual misconduct.

Thiel College is among 36 Pennsylvania postsecondary institutions that were recently awarded a portion of $1 million in grants to enhance and improve campus policies and programs in place to prevent sexual violence and harassment as part of Governor Tom Wolf's “It's On Us PA” campaign. More than 60 schools applied for funding.

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Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 25 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 and remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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