Events & Groups

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/varp/events.html

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

The Vagina Monologues

Wednesday, February 11
Thursday, February 12

7pm Ostrander Auditorium
$5 for students $8 for others

The Violence Awareness and Response Program and The Women’s Center will be partnering with The Department of Residential Life at Minnesota State University, Mankato and community supporters: the YWCA of Mankato, The Coffee Hag, and Pub 500 to host V-Day Mankato (The Vagina Monologues).  The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women.  With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. For over fifteen years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.

Young Lakota Documentary Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, February 24
7pm Ostrander Auditorium
Free for everyone, all are welcome

Sunny Clifford and her twin sister's political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder — the first female president of the Oglala Lakota — defies a South Dakota law that makes abortion a crime, even in cases of rape or incest. Fire Thunder takes a stand by proposing a women's health clinic providing abortions on the reservation but open to all local women. While Serena is unwed and with a toddler, and Brandon is raising two little boys, Sunny is just back on the reservation after two years in college. All three find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle. Join us as we engage with this important conversation.

Safe Bar Initiative Kick-Off

Wednesday, February 25
8pm Patrick's in St. Peter
Free for everyone, all are welcome

The Safe Bar Initiative is a primary prevention effort to help reduce sexual harassment and violence in local bars by training staff on bystander intervention and posting media that makes clear harassment and violence will not be tolerated. Patrick’s On Third, a local pub and eatery known for its wide variety of craft beers and great food, is the pilot establishment for the Safe Bar Initiative. Patrick’s has been committed since the inception and has been a huge partner in moving this project forward. Patrick’s has always prided itself with being a comfortable and safe bar for its college students and this will serve to continue the highest level of care to their patrons.

Candlelight Vigil

Saturday, February 28
11:00am Rasmussen Woods
Free for everyone, all are welcome

This event works to honor those who live with domestic abuse and in remembrance of a community tragedy that occurred five years ago. The candlelight vigil is open to the community and will be held at Elk’s Nature Center in Rasmussen Woods, which is located at 555 Stoltzman Road in Mankato. The event will conclude with a ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 28. The goal is to illuminate the park to “reclaim our hearts, homes, and communities as places of peace.” For additional information or to get information on how to volunteer at the event, please contact Minnesota State Mankato’s Office of Community Engagement at community.engagement@mnsu.edu or call 507-389-5789.

Violence-Free Zone Training

Friday, April 28
1-3pm CSU 201
Please RSVP to laura.schultz-1@mnsu.edu to reserve your spot!

This training will address sexual violence and help attendees learn about response and referral tools when confronted with these issues. The presentation will contain information about sexual violence, which may prove as a trigger for some attendees. Registration is requested, as space is limited.

Ongoing group meetings


PEACE – every other Tuesday from 5-6pm in the Women's Center