News and Events
President Trump's administration recently rescinded a "Dear Colleague Letter" that had been issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education last year regarding the inclusion of transgender students in schools. Much of the attention on the previous "Dear Colleague Letter" focused on restroom usage, but the document included far-reaching guidance to make sure transgender students are fully included and welcomed at their schools, colleges, and universities.
It is important to know that Michigan Tech’s commitment to creating a safe and respectful environment for all employees and students, regardless of their gender identity or expression, is unwavering.
We have and will continue to work together as a community to create an inclusive and welcoming environment through initiatives including all gender bathrooms, open housing, discussions on inclusion in the classrooms and labs, and the opportunity to implement preferred names in campus systems wherever possible.
Speaker and Author Aspen Matis
Mark your calendar to attend speaker and author Aspen Matis on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Fisher Hall, Room 135 at 8 PM. A book signing will take place after the event. Please download and share the Aspen Matis event poster!
Aspen is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Girl in the Woods, published by HarperCollins in 2015. The book has been called "a powerful read” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and it made The Guardian's annual top 50 list. The New York Times named Aspen Matis “a hero.” www.aspen-matis.com
After being raped on her second night at college, Matis dropped out. Depressed and shocked that her school didn't believe and protect her, she sought solace in a remote wilderness; she found the Pacific Crest Trail and hiked the footpath’s entire length, over 2,000 miles from Mexico to Canada
This event is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s Office of the President, Institutional Equity and Inclusion/Title IX, Student Affairs and Advancement, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series, Academic and Community Conduct, Human Resources, Housing and Residential Life, Student Health and Wellness, Athletics and Recreation, and the Panhellenic Council.
If you have a question about this event, please contact Beth Lunde-Stockero, Title IX Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michigan Technological University and "It's On Us" Campaign
Take the Pledge and stand up against sexual violence: http://itsonus.org/
T.E.A.L (To Empower And Liberate) Support Group
This is a group that provides support to Michigan Tech Students who have experienced sexual violence including childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault. (T.E.A.L Support Group poster)
This group provides support to individuals of recent or past sexual violence in a safe, non-judgmental group. With the help of group support individuals can find understanding and help by sharing their struggles and triumphs with one another and begin to put their lives back together.
T.E.A.L meets every other Thursday from 6 - 7:30 PM starting on January 19, 2017 on campus. Through discussion, support and education we can help one another.
If you would like more information or to sign up for the group, please contact Peggy Sullivan at Dial Help Inc. using one of the following methods: call 1-800-562-7622, text 906-35(NEEDS), or email email@example.com.
Healthy Relationship Week 2016 Events:
RAD Demonstration took place on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 4 - 5 PM
Stop by the Walker Lawn to preview and participate in Self-Defense tactics as taught by RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) instructors. All genders are welcome to attend this demonstration.
Sex Signals: Took place Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in Fisher 135.
Sex Signals is a nationally known sexual assault prevention program for college students. The program uses an unorthodox, humor-facilitated approach to examining our culture, sex, and the core issue of bystander intervention. The program took place two times, first at 7 PM, and again at 9 PM. Seating was first come, first seated.
Funding for this training was provided by the State of Michigan/Michigan Department of State Police Grants and Community Services Department. Grant Number CSA-5-16 - Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.
"It's On Us" Pledge Signing and Chalking was on Thursday, September 15 from 11 am - 1 pm.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 at the Husky Circle, Michigan Tech and Dial Help held a sexual violence prevention awareness campaign event that included distribution of resource information and an "It’s On Us" signature event. Stop by and take the “It’s On Us” pledge to stand up against sexual violence. In the event of inclement weather, this event would have been held on Friday, September 16.
Coffee Sleeves for Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness
On Thursday, September 15, coffee shops on college campuses across the country, including ours thanks to Dining Services, replaced their regular coffee sleeves with #TalkToRAINN coffee sleeves, featuring the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org).
Domestic Violence Support Group: If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, our support group can help.
Michigan’s 15 Public Universities Address Sexual Assault
Michigan’s public universities are addressing the problem of sexual violence, including sexual assault, in our society and on our campuses, and continue to refine policies and procedures to prevent and address it. Read here.
5th Annual Golf Scramble on August 6, 2016 - Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home
Took place at Omer's Wyandotte Hills at 5755 Poyhonen Rd., Twin Lakes, MI.
MCEDSV Visits Campus
The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) visited Michigan Tech's campus to present a day of training on April 7, 2016. This coincided with the Week of Action for the "It's On Us" national awareness campaign and Sexual Violence Prevention Month. The event took place from 10:00am - 3:00pm in the Wadsworth Hall Annex.
Workshop topics that were covered are related to Michigan Tech’s ongoing campus sexual assault prevention efforts:
- Working with International Students
- Engaging Boys and Men
- Campus Communities and Inclusive Social Change
- Bystander Engagement
This event was attended by Michigan Tech staff, students, faculty, and community partners. Funding for this training was provided by the State of Michigan/Michigan Department of State Police Grants and Community Services Department. Grant Number CSA-5-16 - Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program. The ABC 10 News covered the workshop with a story titled, “Preventing sexual violence in the Upper Peninsula.” The presentation slides from the training can be found on the Title IX - Training page of our website.
Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home: 8th Annual Spring Music Celebration and Silent Auction
Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 4 - 6 PM at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock, MI. Click here for more information.
The Hunting Ground film was shown on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6 PM and was followed by a Panel Discussion at 7:45 PM at the Portage Lake District Library.
From the intrepid film making behind "The Invisible War" comes a startling esposè of rape culture on US campuses, institutional cover-ups, and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together veritè footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice. A Question & Answer followed the film with panelists from Michigan Technological University's department of Institutional Equity and Inclusion/Title IX, The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home, and Dial Help, Inc.
Who is Erin Brown? This event took place on Thursday, February 25, 2016 in Fisher 135 at 6 PM.
Erin Brown is a leader in the world of Body Positivity. Suffering from obesity, sexual assault and the self-esteem issues that came with it her entire life, she is an example of overcoming adversity. Starting as a personal trainer after managing to lose 90 pounds, she realized that the real issue was how people (particularly women) saw themselves. It was almost, to her, like a woman could not be successful unless they were attractive as well. Her mission is to change the way we view that, as well as stressing the importance of being healthy. Visit Erin’s website at iamerinbrown.com.
Please click on the link above for more information about the Til It Happens To You: Sing for Survivors Contest. Submissions were due on Friday, February 26, 2016.
Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter, "The Shelter Song" on YouTube
Rises - Truth Will Set You Free YouTube video
Fundraiser for Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home at Joey's Seafood & Grill
On Tuesday, November 10, 11am - 9pm, if you mentioned Barbara Kettle Gundlach Fundraiser to your server, 20% of your bill was donated to the shelter. The shelter offers a safe place for victims of domestic violence and their children, by providing safety, support, counseling, and referrals to other agencies in the community. Sponsored by the Women's Leadership Council. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Fundraiser - October was Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Friday, October 9 from 12noon to 3:00 pm, the women's Programming Committee gave out awareness ribbons and took donations for a local shelter that provides support for victims of Dating and Domestic violence.
Sex Signals was presented on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:00pm or 9:00pm in the MUB Ballroom. This program was "a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education and audience participation that provided a provocative, in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex, and date rape on college campuses." Seating was first come first seated. For more info on Sex Signals visit >http://bass-schuler.com/sex-signals/.
Help Side, a film by Jillian Ritchie, was shown on Sunday, October 25 at 6:30pm in the Rozsa Center as part of the the 41N Film Festival. All film festival events were free and open to the public. Michigan Tech students needed to present their student ID's. Others visited the Rozsa website to "purchase" free tickets.
Ride Against Abuse - The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter held the community awareness event "Ride Against Abuse" on Monday, October 5 at 6:00pm. The ride started in front of the AmericInn in Calumet with a ceremony to show support in mourning victims, celebrating survivors, and reaffirming our struggle for a non-violent future. Participants rode their motorcycles from Calumet along US 41 through Hancock and Houghton to create an awareness of Domestic Violence. The ride ended at the Kesterner Waterfront Park parking lot. For more information call the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter at 337-5632.
Michigan Tech participated in RAINN Day on Thursday, September 17, 2015. RAINN Day is RAINN's (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) annual day of action to raise awareness and educate students about sexual violence on college campuses. It is a grassroots program designed to empower college students to educate their peers about risk reduction and recovery resources on their campus. #TalkToRAINN. Visit https://rainn.org/ for more information on RAINN.
On Wednesday, September 16, at 4:00pm on Walker Lawn there was a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) demonstration by Public Safety and Police Services. Also on Wednesday at 5:00pm in Dow 642, Beth Lunde-Stockero, Title IX Coordinator, presented the results from the Michigan Tech Title IX Speak UP Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Survey which was conducted last spring semester.
On Thursday, September 17 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the MUB Circle, Michigan Tech and Dial Help held a sexual violence prevention awareness campaign event that included distribution of resource information and a "I Pledge to Speak Up!...For You As a Friend As a Bystander" signature event. Also on Thursday, thanks to Dining Services, coffee sleeves that highlight the RAINN organization information and hotline number were distributed.
Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a new way to find support and community online. 1in6 has partnered with RAINN to launch the Peer Support Group (PSG), a new online service for peer-to-peer support among male survivors.
How to Respond to a Survivor from RAINN.org
I am a survivor of rape. YouTube video
On March 28 at 6 pm in Fisher 135, Nicole Braddock Bromley, author, speaker and founder of OneVOICE, will travel to MTU to present her keynote entitled "Our Little Secret". Nicole is devoted to spreading a powerful and vital message of hope and inspiration across America and around the globe. She uses her own life story to empower others on a journey from victim to victory and to raise awareness and prevention of issues like sexual abuse, rape and human trafficking. This event is free and open to students and community members. For more info on Nicole's work: www.iamonevoice.org and www.iamonevoice.org
A Q and A session will follow in Wads G 17/19.
I M Perfect: Healing Through Art
During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Women's Programming Committee is putting on a workshop call "I M Perfect: Healing Through Art". Beth Jukari, a local artist and activist, will guide participants through an interactive workshop, discussing how art and creativity can help us overcome trauma, violence, and hardships. The workshop is on April 9 from 6-7:30pm in MUB Ballroom B.
The Hunting Ground
In cooperation with the MUB Film Board, the movie "The Hunting Ground" will be shown on April 14 at 6pm in Fisher 135. A panel discussion will be held after the viewing.
Square Aware Project
Sponsored by the Women's Programming Committee and Title IX, the Square Aware Project was a collective art piece celebrating survival and healing during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Squares were decorated by departments, student organizations, or individuals. The decorated squares were sewn together into large quilts to provide messages of hope and resilience to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The quilts were hung up around campus for display throughout the month of April. Please contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for more information.