Monthly Newsletter


Volunteer Meetings!

For the next academic year:

  • Sept 13
  • Oct 4
  • Nov 1
  • Jan 24
  • Feb 21
  • Mar 28

Meetings for Direct Service Advocates will be 10-11:30 AM. Everybody (DSA, VPE's, SPV's) will meet from 11:30-12:30. VPE's meet from 12:30-2:00 and SPV's from 12:30-1:15. Location will be the Art Lab, Rm 201 Appleby Hall.

birthday shoutouts!

SHOUTOUT TO ALL OF YOU WHO CELEBRATED A BIRTHDAY THIS SUMMER! Apologies to all who may have received their birthday card late due to the transition of student staff. You were not forgotten!

June: Molly D, Erin M, Mara E, Taylor C, Emily P, Mandi B

July: Katie Eichele, Anjel V, Sam C, Molly G, Anna E, Dimitra A, Kayla B, Laura B, Jennifer G, Nicole P, Anthony R

August: Lauren S, Kelsey S, Wendy M, Britt H, Becky Redetzke Field, Cecilia H

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The Aurora Center recently received $1,200 from the Women's Center! This money will fund men's engagement initiatives. Stay tuned for more information.

It's Campaign Season! Time to Ask Candidates: What will YOU do to prevent sexual violence?

The below comes from our friends at Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA).

It's a great time to talk to candidates about their position on state investment in sexual violence prevention. From our conversations with legislators, we know that while many of them support the idea of prevention, they aren’t hearing from their constituents. You don’t have to wait for them to be in office to start the conversation! This year, all 134 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives are up for election and both incumbents and new candidates will be actively campaigning for your vote.

Please consider contacting legislative candidates in your district to tell them why you care about sexual violence prevention. Ask them if they support state funding for sexual violence prevention and if they are willing to take an active role in getting legislation passed that funds vital prevention initiatives.
Let them know that voters care about this issue when deciding who they will elect.

Here’s what to do in four easy steps:

  1. If you don’t know what district you live in, look it up at
  2. Find your district number. Next to that number, you will find names and contact information for all individuals who have filed for election in your district.
  3. Contact all candidates in your district and ask them “What are you going to do about preventing sexual violence?”
    · E-mail or call them.

    · Check out their website to find events they will be at and use that opportunity to ask them in person.

    · Sign up for their mailing list.

    · If they knock on your door while campaigning, talk to them about what they can do about preventing sexual violence.

  4. If you don’t get a response within a couple of weeks, contact them again.

Feeling unsure about talking to legislators? Assistant Director, Sara Benning, spent a lot of time at the capitol before coming to Aurora. If you want some tips or are feeling uncertain about approaching your legislator, email Sara at She's happy to help!

table of the month contest!!

TAC will be rewarding the most creative team of tablers for the month of August!

Gear up and channel your inner Picasso! TAC is looking for YOUR most creative ways to display TAC services. Find a funky new way to display our awesome educational brochures, promotional buttons, and T-shirts. Submit photos of your table to with the header “Table of the month!” A winner will be selected to receive a prize at the end of August!

The Disability Resource Center needs your help!

Tuesday, Aug. 26th, 1-5pm

224 Church St SE

Minneapolis, MN

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is working on a video this summer called "Who's in Your Classroom?" which is about accessible instruction and academic accommodations. We are currently looking for students to be in this video (no prior acting experience is needed nor do you need to have a disability to be in the video). You will play the role of a student in a classroom or office setting. No spoken words will be said in this video as there will only be thought clouds and text used in the video.

We plan on doing one day of video shooting which will be on Tuesday, August 26 from 1:00-5:00 pm. The first part of the day (1:00-3:00 pm) we will be filming in a classroom setting in Ford Hall Room 155. The room holds about 24 students so we will need a majority of the students to be in the video during this time (1:00-3:00 pm). The other video shoot will be in an office setting at the DRC (which is located in 180 McNamara) from 3:30-5:00 pm . If you are available to help (either for part of the day or the whole time), please contact Chris Luhmann at

Volunteer profile: Get to know...

Meet Natalie M!

1. How long have you been volunteering with TAC? Since February

2. Top two items on your bucket list? Not sure how a bucket list of mine would be ordered, but two things I'd love to do: move to and explore a new city for a few years & visit my cousins that I have never met before that live in Germany.

3. What was the best toy you had as a child? My stuffed bunny named "buh-ey" (because I could not pronounce bunny when I first got it) was my most beloved toy by far.

4. Favorite line from a movie? I've been thinking about this question for awhile and the only line I can remember right now is "merMAN, pops, merMAN" from Zoolander or a far more inappropriate one from Meet the Parents, so I will say it has to be the stupid merman line just based on it's ability to be stuck in my head all these years later.
5. Hollywood is making a movie about your life. What's the theme song? Unknown Legend by Neil Young. Most of the lines hardly relate to my life but my dad once told me that one of the lines reminded him of me and it is one of my favorite songs to sing on the top of my lungs in the car, so it's the closest thing I have to a theme song. Plus, it's Neil Young, and who doesn't want a Neil theme song?


Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Event

Monday, Sep. 15th, 8am to Tuesday, Sep. 16th, 4pm

30 Civic Center Dr SE

Rochester, MN

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless two day annual conference brings together a range of experts to present on a variety of issues, from hoarding disorder to domestic violence, Safe Harbor to legislative advocacy. Workshops will provide practical tools, best practices, and a chance to network with 400 colleagues and community members from across the state.


Friday, Sep. 5th, 6-8pm

2017 Buford Ave

Falcon Heights, MN

Art opens the doors to infinite possibilities. Heather Delisle finds that her artwork often leads her to a quiet place. In our hectic world, her pieces give an opportunity to stop and reflect. Asko Nakauchi has always been environmentally conscious, and this has found its way into her art. Using material that would otherwise be thrown away, she brings out the beauty in everyday things.

Exhibit: A Right to Establish a Home

Friday, Aug. 22nd, 6-8pm

89 Church Street Southeast

Minneapolis, MN

08/23/2014 (All day) - 01/04/2015 (All day)

A Right to Establish a Home examines the history behind a series of menacing protests that enveloped 4600 Columbus Avenue South, Minneapolis following the property’s purchase in August 1931 by Arthur and Edith Lee. The young African-American couple chose to buy a house in what many then considered a “white neighborhood.” The exhibition interprets the protests and responses in the broader context of race and housing in Minneapolis, racism in Minnesota, and the individuals and organizations that defended the Lees, including the NAACP and the distinguished attorney Lena Olive Smith.

Training & Educational Opportunites

Changing the Conversation about Today’s Pornography: Emerging Public Health Research on Brain Development, Economics of the Industry, and Impacts on Kids

Friday, Oct. 3rd, 8am-4:30pm

Mall of America, Bloomington, MN, United States…

Join the Minnesota Department of Health for the third annual data symposium on translating research to policy and practice. This year’s topic of focus is pornography.

Kids are being exposed to increasingly violent and oppressive pornography at younger ages, at greater frequency, and with greater ease of access through phones, the internet, and other technology. At this symposium, we will use research to understand the impacts of pornography, including the connection to sexual exploitation and violence.

Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) 101 Webinar

Tuesday, Aug. 5th, 12-1:30pm

This is an online event.

This webinar will focus on Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) in rural areas. We will explore how multidisciplinary collaborations, such as SART teams, can be an effective strategy to improve the criminal justice response and what victims experience. Learn more about the general concepts and goals of SART teams as well as insights and ideas on how to begin, develop and grow effective SART teams. This is a unique opportunity to hear from field leaders Marsha Kisner and Samuel Wilmoth from the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services.

Justice tours

Friday, Aug. 22nd, 11:45am-1pm

401 S 4th Ave

Minneapolis, MN

A free, one-hour behind the scenes look at DAP Advocacy. Held at the Public Safety Facility in Minneapolis, you will hear from a law enforcement officer, a prosecutor and DAP advocates how the legal system and domestic abuse victims intersect. You will visit a domestic abuse courtroom and learn how DAP advocates partner with women to help them navigate a complicated system

Equity and Diversity Certification

Monday, Aug. 4th, 1pm

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Minneapolis, MN

The Office for Equity and Diversity is hosting various workshops throughout the month of August! The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and only open to students, faculty and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. Some workshops count toward the Equity and Diversity Certificate and will be offered every semester as well as during the summer on the Twin Cities campus. Contact Ralph Blanco ( or 612-625-8680) with questions about the Certificate, or visit our Certificate Program webpage.

Here are just a few of your options:

  • Facilitating Challenging Conversations: August 4: 1:00-4:00 PM, Givens Conference Room (120)
  • GLBTQ Identities and Communities: August 12: 1:00-4:00 PM, Givens Conference Room (120)
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women’s Equity: August 20: 8:30-11:30 AM, Cherrywood Room (275), Bailey Hall

Men & Masculinities Knowledge Community: Midwest Drive-In Conference on Masculinities in the Intersections

Friday, Oct. 10th, 8am

221 N Grand Blvd

St Louis, MO

This fall the MMKC's of IV East and West are hosting the MMKC Midwest Drive-In Conference on Masculinities in the Intersections. It will be Friday October 10th 2014 at St. Louis University. We are focusing our conversations and presentations on how our gender intersects with other identities. To best understand the lives of our students, we must not only look to their gender but the many aspects of their lives and how these identities influence their curricular and co-curricular collegiate experiences.

Dr. Dan Tillapaugh will kick off our day with a keynote address followed by educational opportunities for professional staff, faculty, and graduate students. This year, we are also excited to offer an undergraduate experience. Miguel Macias and the student leaders of the Men’s Project at Loyola University Chicago will offer a concurrent session for students to learn how to create healthy men’s programming on their campus through this peer-to-peer workshop.

If you are interested in attending, please follow this link to our registration page:


Partnership Development and Outreach Intern: Project Footsteps

Primary Advocate: Cornerstone Advocacy Service

Part-Time Overnight Family and Youth Advocate: Tubman

Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator: World Without Genocide

Part Time Overnight Crisis Advocate: Cornerstone Advocacy Service

Survivor Advocate: Emerson College

Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator: Clemson University

Hilton Hotel: This opportunity was sent in by Liz, a former volunteer at TAC! Thanks, Liz!

Congressional Internship at the Office of Congressman Keith Ellison

Coordinator, Peer Education Programs: University of Alabama

Men's Health Coordinator: Brown University Health Services

Coordinator for Violence Prevention and Health Masculinity Programming: West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Student Health Services

Your Moment of Zen

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

The Extra Mile

Hats off to baby Robin for coming into existence! Yay for baby and Megan!

Grateful to Basem AS, Tim G, Anthony R, Ben H, and Will OB for working to develop a custom presentation on Men, Masculinity, Sexual Violence and Bystander Intervention for the IFC New Member Seminar this year!

Natalie M you rock for helping put together support group flyers for fall 2014!

Hats off to Emily M for making buttons and helping our display case!

Thanks, Jessica T and Stormy P, for creating the Table of the Month contest!

Here's to Bronte S for getting back on call and heading to the hospital multiple times this month!

Round of applause for Natalie M, Stormy P, Alyssa, Jessica T and Emily M for giving up time this summer to help out in the office!

So many thanks go out to Anna E, Molly D, Bronte S, Jaci T, Rachel D and Lauren S for stepping up and filling on call shifts last minute!