Monthly Newsletter

September 2014

Welcome back Aurora Center volunteers!

Did you know?

WE KNOW that getting back into the swing of things at school can be stressful and quite an adjustment! Here are some fun and useful ways to help combat that stress!


Happy birthday!

Hope the following volunteers all had amazing birthdays!

Paige G, Emily D, Siru S, Julia B, Jen S and Sarah C

Goodbye From Sara Benning

Greetings fabulous volunteers! It's with mixed emotions that I write to let you know that I've accepted a communications and outreach position in the School of Public Health's Center for Maternal and Child Health. While I'm excited for my new adventure, I will miss you. I have so enjoyed working with and getting to know you during my time here. The time, passion and energy that you put into your volunteer roles is palpable and has made my experience here rich both personally and professionally. Thank you for doing all that you do. It truly has been my pleasure knowing you!!

Let's stay in touch. I'll continue to be at and would love to hear from you.

Best wishes,

#Throwback volunteer profile

Meet Becky!

This month we're going to do a #throwbackprofile to find how Becky would have answered these questions when she first started volunteering with TAC and how she would answer them now!

How long have you been with TAC both as a volunteer and staff?

I went through training in May 2006. I was an intern from September 2006-July 2008, and then became interim staff from August 2008-December 2008. I was hired as full-time staff in January 2009. So...I've been here a while. Currently, I have been with The Aurora Center the longest (if you include my time interning.)

TV show you never miss?

Currently: Cannot miss any "Next Week Tonight with John Oliver" Otherwise I am waiting for the next season of Game of Thrones...I watch a LOT of TV and movies via Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/etc.

2006: LOST, 30 Rock, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos.

Favorite celebrity?

Currently: Amy Poehler

2006: not sure?

If a genie gave you a wish, what would you wish for?

Currently: more wishes, which would include - ending sexual/relationship violence so I would be out of a job and paying off student loans or any other debt I have right now.

2006: more wishes, which would include ending sexual/relationship violence so I would be out of a job.

Motto or personal mantra?

Currently: Let it Go...

2006: There are three sides to every story - your side, my side, and the truth.

Advice for your former advocate self?

Hang in there! You won't be so freaked out once you get a few more clients, and you won't get two hospital calls within 36 hours every time you go on call.


SHUT IT DOWN: A night of music, poetry, and action to disrupt street harassment

Wednesday, Sep. 24th, 7-9pm

205 E Hennepin Ave

Minneapolis, MN

This show is a space to speak out against street harassment, while making the connections between catcalling, rape culture, and gender-based violence. Aside from the performances, we'll also have an interactive photobooth where anyone can express their experiences and/or opinions, while using a bank of hashtags to continue to cultivate the ongoing conversation online.

Greater Than 7: Courageous Conversations About Equity & Diversity

Monday, Sep. 29th, 8am

Office for Equity and Diversity

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) invites you to open up the dialogue by participating in Greater Than 7: Courageous Conversations About Equity and Diversity, a university-wide week of events designed to engage our entire campus community in the work of co-creating an environment where all can thrive.

Changing the Conversation about Today's Pornography

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

60 E Broadway

Bloomington, MN

Learn about emerging public health research on brain development,

economics of the industry, and impacts on kids;

Hear from people who have experienced harms and view artwork from

survivors of violence;

Gain practical tools to start changing the conversation about today’s


Register here:

training & educational opportunities

Webinar: Moving Beyond the Wheel: Advocacy & Support for LGBTQ Survivors of Domestic Violence

Friday, Sep. 26th, 2-3:30pm

This is an online event.

Webinar: Unique Opportunities for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Learning from migrant farmworker communities

Monday, Sep. 29th, 1pm

This is an online event.

The 2014 LGBTQIA Student Leadership Retreat

Saturday, Oct. 4th, 9am to Sunday, Oct. 5th, 4pm

300 Washington Ave SE

Minneapolis, MN

The University of Minnesota LGBTQIA Leadership Retreat is an annual retreat hosted in the fall for undergraduate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/ally students at the University of MN Twin Cities. The retreat is sponsored by the GLBTA Programs Office and the Queer Student Cultural Center.

The purpose of the retreat is to focus on leadership development and community building while exploring intersecting identities and oppressions through a social justice lens. It is also a great way for students to make new friends and meet new people!

The retreat will take place in Coffman Union on Saturday Oct. 4th, 9am-8pm and Sunday Oct. 5th, 9am-4pm . Meals will be provided and the retreat is free for U of M undergraduate participants. Space is limited.

Please fill out the application by Thursdsay, September 18th.


Youth Counselor (On-Call): Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis

Crime Victim Services Manage: The Council on Crime & Justice

Health Care Navigator: Riverwind Crisis Residence

Youth Advocate: The Salvation Army

Youth Program Intern: Opportunity Neighborhood

Executive Director: Family Refuge Center

Sexual Misconduct Prevention, Education and Training Coordinator: St. Thomas University

Program Coordinator: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

Community Organizing Intern: OutFront Minnesota

Legislative Advocate: Legal Services Advocacy Project/Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

The Extra Mile

Round of applause to Bronte S. and Natalie M. for receiving their on-call binder this summer and fall!

Standing ovation to James M, Alex J and Lily G for taking their first calls as direct service advocates!

Thanks to Cecilia H for working with Traci on the Air Force ROTC presentation!

Thanks to Sarah F, Joey S, Cecilia H, and Alyssa M for presenting at the President's Emerging Scholars conference next week!

Allison Hustedt has a new job! She's now State Office Intern at Office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Way to go Allison!

Your Moment of Zen

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