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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Violence Awareness & Response Program

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We're looking forward to this semester's events here on campus and in the wider community!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, September 10, 7pm, Ostrander Auditorium

A one night stand far from home goes terribly wrong. As the filmmaker unravels her experience, she decides to confront her attacker. The filmmaker, Nancy Schwartzman is also a media strategist and catalyst for social change who believes storytelling and technology can create safer communities for women and girls. She is in development on a new documentary about Steubenville, Ohio. Nancy is the Executive Director of Tech 4 Good, LLC which created the Circle of 6 iPhone and Android app. Circle of 6 won the White House Apps Against Abuse Challenge. Circle of 6 was recently localized for New Delhi, and has > 80, 000 users in 32 countries. She created The Line Campaign, a sex-ed transmedia initiative to empowering young leaders to end sexual violence.
Free Admission followed by discussion.
Sponsored by the Violence Awareness and Response Program

September 19 & 20, 9am – 5pm

Social Justice Theatre class, Armstrong 317

Students will study the works of Augusto Boal and others, participate in trainings with the VARP Coordinator, and work with on and off campus experts in the areas of Theatre if the Oppressed, improvisation, advocacy, and other topics framed through the lens of working toward social justice and empowering bystanders.



Domestic Violence Awareness Month. MSU Mankato


Tuesday, October TBA

Kick off event for Safe Bar Initiative! Patrick’s

This event will kick off the pilot program for the Safe Bar Initiative. This event will include addresses from members of the SBI as well as trivia about the program during Patrick’s scheduled trivia.


October 11 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes& Candlelight Vigil. MSU Mall
Co-sponsorship with Alpha Chi Omega


October 16, 8:30pm

House Party. 639 South 4th Street

This event is a mock house party where students take a tour of an off-campus house and explore a "house party" from a sober perspective.  Student volunteers act out scenarios that students encounter at real house parties.  Students will be given statistical information about the prevalence of high-risk behaviors and then will be educated on how they can better keep themselves and their friends safe if they do choose to drink. 

Sponsored by Health PROs, Student Health Services, PEACE, MAVs, & VARP


Clothesline Project Display. CSU

The Clothesline Project addresses the issue of violence against women through the decoration of t-shirts. This campaign works to de-stabilize the widespread myth that violence is a private matter and provides an artistic avenue through which women and men can break the silence. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others in the community as testimony, a literal “airing of the dirty laundry” of the problem of violence against women.

Sponsored by MAVs, PEACE, and VARP


November 7, 12-3pm, CSU 238

Violence Free Zone Training. CSU 238

This training will address intimate partner violence (IPV) and help attendees learn about response and referral tools when confronted with these issues. Since the presentation will contain information about IPV, it may prove as a trigger for some attendees. Registration is requested, as space is limited. Those interested in reserving a space may email Laura Schultz at

Sponsored by Violence Awareness and Response Program

Ongoing group meetings

PEACE – every other Tuesday from 5-6pm in the WC

Embrace – every other Tuesday from 5-6 in CSU 256

MAVs – every other Tuesday from 6-7 in CSU 203

Sexual violence discussion group – in progress with Sexual Violence Program Coordinator from CADA

Peer Educators Acting for Change and Equality (PEACE)


PEACE is an interactive theatre troupe that addresses issues of healthy relationships, consent, and bystander intervention. 

No acting experience necessary. Men and women are welcome! Meet students, make a difference, have fun. Practices are from 6-8pm on  Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 18, March 6, March 18, April 3, and April 15 in the Women's Center!

For more information or to sign up, contact Becca at, call the Women's Center at 507-389-6146 or stop by CSU 218.




Men Against Violence (MAVs)


Men Against Violence (MAVs) is a recognized student organization working towards eliminating violence on our campus and in our society. We have an exciting campaign planned for this year.

Become a part of the solution!

For more information, contact Laura Schultz at




Embrace allows international women to explore topics pertinent to their academic and personal lives. Embrace provides a safe space for women to connect across all cultures, identities, and experiences by providing opportunities to meet others, build friendships, have a support system and embrace diversity. Meetings will be held the every other Tuesday from 5:00-6:30 in The Women's Center.

For more information or to sign up, contact the Women's Center at 507-389-6146, stop by 218 CSU, or contact Abolaji at