Sue Snyder to host 2nd campus sex assault summit at UM

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Bringing student athletes and fraternity and sorority members into the conversation about sexual assault will be one of the features of the second prevention summit to be hosted next week by first lady Sue Snyder.

The event, to be held at the University of Michigan on Sept. 30, will also begin a conversation with high school students and showcase Michigan’s colleges and universities that have received $500,000 in Campus Sexual Assault Grant dollars from the state to launch assault prevention programs.

“Sexual assault is a sensitive topic that has rightfully gained national attention, and I’m proud that Michigan is a leader in addressing this issue,” Snyder said. “I’m honored to be hosting another summit that will continue our goal to change the culture surrounding assault in order to ultimately end sexual assault on our college and university campuses.”

The event, known as “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault,” is the second summit Snyder has convened. She held the first last year as a way to make Michigan a national model in preventing sexual assault on college campuses.

A discussion about how universities can work with their athletes and athletic department to shore up knowledge about sexual assault awareness and prevention will be moderated by Heather Lyke, director of athletics at Eastern Michigan University.

Speakers will include:

■Chris Creighton, head football coach, EMU.

■Carol Hutchins, head softball coach, University of Michigan.

■Warde Manuel, athletic director, University of Michigan.

■Mary Wilfert, associate director, NCAA’s Sport Science Institute.

■Ron Bellamy, head football coach, West Bloomfield High School.

The day will also include several national speakers and suvivors.

The summit will be co-hosted by state Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, along with state Reps. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, and Marilyn Lane, D- Fraser.