Global Virtual Event: April 29, 2021: 8-9pm EDT
Thanks to all who joined our international TBTNF Event of healing and sharing!
8:00PM: Welcome – Katie Koestner
8:05PM: Grounding – Carrie Coppola
8:08PM: Inclusivity & History of TBTN – Dr. Susan Marine
8:13PM: Survivor Stories – Dr. Sandra Miles
8:17PM: Vision for Young Men in the Work to End Sexual Violence – Bryson Meadows
8:22PM: Thoughts on Gender Identity & Male Survivors – John Stoltenberg
8:28PM: Original Poetry Reading – Lahari Ramagiri
8:33PM: Justice for Survivors & TBTN Justice Hotline – Amanda Blaugher
8:38PM: Men’s Involvement – Gordon Braxton
8:43PM: Survivor Stories – Tierra Barber
8:46PM: Poetry Reading – Omekongo Dibinga
8:50PM: Closing Grounding – Carrie Coppola
8:56-9:00PM: Conclusion – Katie Koestner
Katie Koestner (She/Her)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TAKE BACK THE NIGHT FOUNDATION
Katie Koestner is the first woman in the United States to speak out nationally and publicly as the victim of campus “date” rape at age 18. Katie has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. Katie is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured for over 5000 schools and organizations in North America and around the world.
Susan Marine (She/Her)
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND PROGRAM DIRECTOR, MERRIMACK COLLEGE
Susan Marine, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Program Director in the Higher Education Master’s Program at Merrimack College. She was the founding director of the Harvard Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and served in various victim advocacy and prevention roles over fifteen years on four different college campuses. Dr. Marine’s research focuses on the ways that sexual violence prevention educators, advocates and activists engage in changework. Her writing related to ending sexual violence has appeared in the Journal of College Student Development, Gender and Education, and numerous other publications.
John Stoltenberg (He/Him)
AUTHOR, ACTIVIST, BOARD MEMBER FOR TBTNF
John Stoltenberg, a long-time activist against sexual violence and a radical-feminist philosopher of gender, is the author of Refusing to Be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice and The End of Manhood: Parables of Sex and Selfhood as well many articles and essays. With trans feminist Cristan Williams he contributes regularly to The Conversations Project about radically inclusive radical feminism. He is also a novelist (GONERZ), playwright, communications consultant, and theater reviewer.
Gordon Braxton (He/Him)
AUTHOR, ACTIVIST, PUBLIC SPEAKER
Gordon has trained over 250,000 people at 300+ K-12 schools, military bases and institutions of higher education around sexual misconduct issues and bystander engagement. He was the recipient of the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award, the University of Virginia’s most prestigious award for humanitarian service, and is the author of the upcoming book “Men of Tomorrow: Raising Black Boys to Resist Rape Culture.
Ewan Armstrong (He/Him)
CLASSICAL GUITAR PLAYER, WALNUT HILL SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
Ewan Armstrong is a classical guitar major at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He is one of the school’s Diversity and Inclusivity Representatives, organizing events and discussions for the student body. He enjoys playing in festivals, including the Latin American Guitar Festival, the New England Guitar Ensembles Festival, and the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival. In addition to guitar, he plays the tenor saxophone in jazz combo and big band settings, where he occasionally doubles on Bb clarinet.
Sandra Miles (She/Her)
VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS, FLAGLER COLLEGE
Dr. Sandra Miles is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Flagler College. Dr. Miles has had extensive experience managing crisis, strategic planning, developing leadership programs, working with persons with disabilities, serving as a Dean of Students, Chief Student Affairs Officer, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In addition to her career achievements, Sandra is on the Chair of the National Center for Women Board of NASPA; a national speaker for Campus Outreach Services; the Immediate Past National Director of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc; and an active alumnae member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Omekongo Dibinga (He/Him)
PROFESSOR OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of Inter-cultural Communication at American University, where he also serves as a faculty affiliate to the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio, including CNN, BET, BBC and NPR, in over 150 countries. Omékongo has published 7 books, as well as CDs and DVDs. In addition to the United Nations, he speaks at leadership and youth student conferences across the country.
Tierra Barber (She/Her)
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS, CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Tierra strives to help others become the best version of themselves through education and health and wellness. Professionally she serves as an Assistant Director of Admissions for Central Michigan University. Tierra graduated from Baylor University and is a graduate of the 2011 NCAA Leadership Institute. She also completed the Athlete Development Professional Certification Program with The Wharton School. You can find Tierra teaching regular yoga, meditation, and fitness.
Carrie Coppola (She/Her)
OWNER, MUDITA - BE JOY YOGA STUDIO
Carrie Coppola is the owner of Mudita – Be Joy Yoga. Carrie has a M.Ed. from the University of Utah and is a 500 E-RYT and Certified Yoga Therapist. Carrie believes yoga found her. She immediately felt the profound healing benefits of the practice. This ignited passion led her to create Yoga for Recovery, a program integrating yoga in treatment centers. Carrie has facilitated yoga for countless people in recovery through group and individual sessions, monthly workshops, weekly classes, within each sharing the hope and possibility of utilizing yoga to rediscover the connection to self, lost through trauma and addiction.
Bryson Meadows (He/Him)
STUDENT COORDINATOR, FLAGLER COLLEGE
Bryson Meadows is the Student Coordinator for the It’s On Us Chapter at Flagler College. Majoring in Sociology and Media Studies while minoring in Philosophy and Pre-Law, his number one goal in life is to leave the world ‘a bit better and more beautiful because I have lived in it’ -par with Edward W Bok’s philosophy. He believes life is tough enough as it is, people helping people helping people is the best chance we have at getting through it.
Amanda Blaugher (She/Her)
TITLE IX DIRECTOR, GETTYSBURG COLLEGE
Amanda Blaugher is the Title IX Director at Gettysburg College, and has been working with the Take Back The Night Foundations for six years. Prior to her role at Gettysburg, Amanda worked with Penn State at three of the commonwealth campuses in Residence Life for nine years. Amanda holds a Master’s Of Science in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Personnel Services.
Lahari Ramagiri (She/Her)
PROJECT COORDINATOR, TBTNF
Lahari Ramagiri is an Honors student at the Virginia Commonwealth University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She is dedicated to supporting victims of sexual violence through her work on the Shine Your Light Yoga team. She is pursuing a career in the medical field, where she hopes to continue to help trauma victims heal.
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