Monthly Newsletter

May 2016

Research: The More You Know

  • Kao Kalia Yang - book release "The Song Poet" (flyer attached - book signing event has already passed, but check out the book still!)

  • The Link has a new housing program that is now open please help us spread the word and forward on to your contacts – thanks so much! We are very excited to announce that The Link has a new Rapid Rehousing Program called Project Live Out Loud. Project Live Out Loud is similar to our current Rapid Rehousing program because it offers up to 24 months of housing supportive services and subsidy, but unique in that Project Live Out Loud has specialized services and resources for youth who identify as LGBTQ. This is a new program at The Link and there are vacancies openings in this new program!

    If you or a young person you know may be interested, please contact CeMarr Peterson – Program Supervisor for Project Live Out Loud – at #612.232.8385 or

    To be eligible, a young person must:

    • Be experiencing homelessness (in shelter or staying in a place unmeant for human habitation)
    • Be between the ages of 18 – 24
    • Identify as LGBTQ
    • Be interested in housing with services with a focus on stability and increasing income

  • FACT SHEET: Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color The White House Council on Women and Girls in collaboration with the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University will host a daylong forum on Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color, which will focus on empowering and increasing opportunity for women and girls of color and their peers. The forum will bring together a range of stakeholders from the academic, private, government and philanthropic sectors to discuss ways that we can break down barriers to success and create more ladders of opportunity for all Americans, including women and girls of color. Forum participants will highlight a range of issues, including economic development, healthcare, criminal justice,vulnerability to violence, hip-hop, and images of women in the media. Today, the Council on Women and Girls will release a progress report, “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color,”as a follow up to the 2014 report, and announce independent commitments to close opportunity gaps faced by women and girls, including women and girls of color.

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Feminist Friday: Creativity and Self-Care Friday

May 6, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
215 Coffman
Co-sponsored with Feminist Student Activist Collective Get ready for finals week by finding creative ways to practice self-care! RSVP encouraged

Alive4 5k

May 7th

Location: Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton

Support Canvas Health’s suicide prevention phone and text lines at the Alive4 5K on May 7th at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton. Fundraising prizes include a GoPro Camera and Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer! Registerhere. Find out about fundraising prizes here. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Interested in volunteering or interning with Canvas Health's crisis call center? See more info in this google drive folder. Must be at least 20 years old to volunteer/intern.

Start By Believing Video Voting:

Wouldn't it be great for survivors to be able to go to our YouTube channel to see all these videos from various places that are declaring that they believe them? Would you mind taking a few seconds (at most 2 minutes) to record a video and show your support for survivors of sexual assault by declaring that you start by believing when a survivor shares their story. All it takes is a smartphone and people who believe! Submit videos via drop box or email. If you have questions, please check out the website for: pointers on how to easily make a great video, details about the Start by Believing video contest & Rally 4 Survivors, how to submit a video. We have decided to extend the video challenge contest for Start by Believing to Tuesday, April 5th. We encourage people to just submit videos even after April 5th because we want to build an awesome collection of videos.
Winners are decided by the number of "likes" they receive. Please view the videos below and "like" your favorite! Here are some examples:, Reynolds Community College, YWCA of Richmond, VCU Wellness Resource Center, VCU School of Social Work, VCU students, Safe Harbor, VCU SAVES (Students Advocating Violence Education & Support), VCU Counseling Services, Germanna Community College.
Thanks, in advance, for your support of survivors!

Workshop: Pornography: The Impact on Children

May 17, 2016, 12:30 - 4:30 PM
Location: Gradient Financial Center National Sports Center 1700 105th Avenue N. Blaine, Minnesota

The internet changed the reach of pornography to make it easily accessible to children, youth, and adults who otherwise wouldn’t have had the access. During that same time, the content has become dominated by hard core violence that has little to do with sex and everything to do with a profit at the expense of individual health and well-being. While many adults grew up with pornography, the reach and content were significantly different. This session describes research that shows a wide range of impact from today’s pornography on the adolescent brain and sexual behaviors. A public health approach to pornography, related research and a range of action strategies are highlighted. Speakers: Patty Wetterling and Cordelia Anderson.
Cost: $25 (Certificate of Attendance Available)
Online Event Registration Questions call: Pam 763-422-7237

When Places Speak

  • Photography Exhibit that aims to raise awareness of trafficking
  • January 23-May 8th (Flyer below)
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    • Hennepin County Internship Opportunities: Hennepin County is looking to hire University of Minnesota Graduate level interns starting Summer 2016 - Spring 2017. They have posted two positions, Data Analyst and Planning Analyst. More details

    • The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) has a job opening for a communications intern. The position starts in May. It's a paid internship (work-study funding is required). We’re looking for a student who has social media savvy, strong writing skills, and a creative approach to work. We contribute: a welcoming work environment, and a well-paid opportunity for a student to hone their skills and receive mentorship. Students can apply at (search for Job ID# 308827).


    • A HUGE Congratulations to Sarah F for being selected as a 2016 President’s Student Leadership and Service Award (PSLSA) recipient, as well as being selected as a recipient of the 2016 Donald R. Zander Alumni Award for Outstanding Student Leadership!

    • Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to Lacie M and Bronte S.N. for their hard work as the 2016 SAAM Student Coordinators!

    • A GIGANTIC round of applause and Congratulations to both Maddie P & Sarah F who were selected to receive the 2015-2016 Outstanding Student Employee Award.

    • Hats off to those VPEs and Direct Service Volunteers who either gave their first presentation or had their first on-call shift this month!

    • Cheers to Wendy M who accepted a nursing student internship beginning in May at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital on their Stepdown Unit!

    • Let's CELEBRATE our TAC Alumni, Jessica Tarnowski, for accepting a spot with the UW-Madison Genetic Counselor Training Program!

    • Thank you to Zack L who did two class presentations!!!