Violence Awareness Day

hosted by the Violence Intervention Student Advisory Board

An Evening Against Violence

This evening is dedicated to the educational awareness on violence through poetry and presentation. We will be fundraising for The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education to help them continue their work in helping victim survivors! Come join us for an evening against violence and help support a great nonprofit organization that helps victim survivors and educates the Minneapolis area about bystander intervention, healthy relationships and sexual consent.


Read below to learn more about The Aurora Center, the performers for VAD, and a list of our sponsors!

Violence Awareness Day

Thursday, April 17th, 5-8:30pm

Bell Museum Auditorium, University of Minnesota~ Twin Cities

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.


5:00-5:30pm Doors Open

5:30-5:40pm Opening Notes

5:40-6:40pm Dr. Patricia Frazier

6:40-6:45pm Break

6:45-6:50pm Sierra DeMulder

6:50-6:55pm Mollie Lacy

6:55-7:00pm Jennifer Wang

7:00-7:10pm Break

7:10-8:10pm Guante

8:10-8:20pm Closing Notes

The Aurora Center

Established in July 1986 by University of Minnesota President, Ken Keller, the University moved boldly forward to combat the issue of sexual violence and be a national leader in providing services and education around sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking to a campus community. Nationally recognized and awarded by the Department of Justice in 2010 as a “Best Practice” program, The Aurora Center’s (TAC) services focus on three areas: 1) Get Help; 2) Get Educated; and 3) Get Involved.

TAC provides direct services for victims/survivors and those concerned about sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking for students, faculty, staff, and anyone affiliated with the University of Minnesota such as spouses, partners, parents, etc. TAC also provides educational workshops, trainings, and presentations for students, faculty, and staff related to violence prevention and intervention strategies. Last, TAC acknowledges that the program would not be sustainable without the 60-80 student volunteers that answer the 24-hour Helpline, facilitate peer education, and serve as outreach ambassadors on campus for sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

Key Performers

Pat Frazier

Professor Frazier received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1988. She has been on the Advisory Board of the Aurora Center since joining the faculty at the University of MN in 1990. She has extensive experience conducting research on sexual assault and other traumatic events, including research in conjunction with the sexual assault programs at Hennepin County Medical Center and the Aurora Center. She also has been an expert witness in sexual assault cases.

Professor Frazier will be discussing research on why sexual assault victims often engage in behaviors that may seem counter intuitive, such as not physically resisting or reporting an assault. This information is very important for understanding victim behavior and is applicable to anyone providing support to or advocating for survivors.


Guante is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist, educator and writer. He and/or his work has appeared on Upworthy, MSNBC, Racialicious, Feministing, MPR, the Progressive, City Pages’ “Artists of the Year” list and URB Magazine’s “Next 1000” list. He's shared bills with Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, Brother Ali, Dead Prez, Sage Francis, Andrea Gibson, Doomtree, Zion I and many more. Guante also founded the MN Activist Project and Hip Hop Against Homophobia concert series, writes articles at Opine Season and elsewhere, and facilitates writing/performance workshops for youth.

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