The money will be used to aid the university’s Violence Prevention Advocates Program, which helps educate individuals on how to avoid, intervene with and get out of violent relationships.
“Recent tragedies related to relationship violence and bullying on campuses across the nation call our attention to these issues and remind us that no campus is exempt,” said Nancy Young, UMBC vice president for student affairs.
“UMBC will use this grant from Verizon to involve our entire community in reducing violence through education about relationship and dating violence, peer and bystander programs, and dissemination of information about resources and help.”
The Verizion Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of Verizon and uses technology and financial resources to address social issues in the areas of education and domestic violence prevention. In 2010 the foundation awarded around $67 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad.