Michael Sullivan

University of St Thomas

Michael grew up in Hibbing, a small community on northern Minnesota's Iron Range, an area that takes special pride in its tradition of collaborative activism on a number of fronts: educational excellence, environmental protection, civic commitment, workers' rights and social justice. Like many of the changemakers who came before him, Michael is passionate about solving community problems. His particular areas of focus: engaging his peers to end sexual assault and domestic violence.

A first-year business administration major at St. Thomas, Michael first became involved with sexual assault prevention and gender-equity work as a high school student. With more than 400 coaches, student-athletes and members of a nonprofit organization, Advocates for Family Peace, he worked on videos promoting respect. The videos went viral, and he discovered how important it is for young men to be involved in this work. He then learned about "It's On Us," a sexual assault-prevention movement launched by Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

In only one semester as a university student, Michael founded, and recruited fellow students to join, the "It's On Us" Club to strengthen our efforts to prevent sexual assault and support victims. I strongly believe that he will make a tremendous impact.

Julie Sullivan
University of St Thomas

Personal Statement

I became involved with ending sexual assault in high school by creating and organizing lip sync videos with my high school football and hockey teams and teams from around our area. Over 400 student/athletes participated. I worked hard to show that men can step up and help change the culture of sexual assault and domestic violence. This project also helped to empower women. The videos became viral, receiving over 100,000 views. Through this experience, I learned that there aren't many men on the frontlines of this fight. During my work with sexual assault, I was able to meet with other men who are in this fight, including White House advisors and Vice President Joe Biden. In talking with him, he advised me to continue my works at the collegiate level and continue the conversation to end sexual assault. I have had the opportunity to advance this work at the University of St. Thomas, by starting and leading, It's On Us Club. Through this organization, we strive to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. Through the It's On Us organization, I have the opportunity to sit on the national student advisory committee as well.

Michael Sullivan
Business: Class of May 2021
written 2018

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Terrell Saunders, UNC Greensboro Lizbeth Morales, Univeristy of North Texas at Dallas Evelyn Denisse Monreal Pitones, Universidad de Monterrey Mikita Thompson, University of Baltimore Jayda Williams, University of Central Arkansas Madeline Mills, University of Central Florida Kalen Russell, University of Central Oklahoma Wanjiku Gatheru, University of Connecticut Sarah Richard, University of Dayton Liliana Diaz-Solodukhin, University of Denver Krista Smith, University of Florida Mariana Grijalva, University of Houston-Downtown Marvin Slaughter, University of Illinois at Chicago Alix Fisk, University of Kansas Cynthia Corona, University of La Verne Taryn Jones, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Stephanie Milani, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Josue Rivera Valdez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faith Boone, University of Miami Anna Maria Genovesi, University of Michigan-Flint Jennifer Mossgraber, University of Missouri - St. Louis Sophie Moon, University of Montana Spencer Whyte, University of Mount Union Cassandra Griffin, University of Nebraska Omaha Daniel Suber, University of North Carolina Asheville Sreevidhya (Vidhya) Balasubramanian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Katherine Rasmussen, University of North Florida Brittaney Dyer, University of North Georgia Ashley Sánchez, University of Northern Iowa Prathm Juneja, University of Notre Dame Sabine Brown, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Heidi Lee, University of Pennsylvania Matthew Bell, University of Puget Sound Victoria Stabile, University of Rhode Island Alicia Jiggetts, University of Richmond Josefina Jaramillo, University of San Diego Daizha Green, University of South Carolina Tiana Burgess, University of South Carolina Beaufort Michael Sullivan, University of St Thomas Wendy Hoang, University of Wisconsin - Madison Yoger Aguilar, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Zoe Betancourt, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Sydney Mastey, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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