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Date: September 15, 2003 PDT

Join the Dean of Students, Office of Residence Life, and Office of Ethnic Student Services in these programs and workshops featuring nationally known experts Katie Koestner, founder and president of Campus Outreach Services, Gordon Braxton, Campus Outreach Services, and Mike Green, President, Collegiate Consultants on Drugs & Alcohol

Katie Koestner has received national attention for speaking out against a crime of silence. Koestner went public with her story after being sexually assaulted by a fellow student at the College of William and Mary. Giving a name and a face to date rape helped to humanize a crime that few ever spoke about. Her case helped to bring debate over the issue into the national spotlight TIME magazine featured Koestner on the cover of its date rape issue. Articles about her have been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times, the Journal of Higher Education, and hundreds of other newspapers and publications. In 1993, she completed a project with HBO, the Lifestories Docudrama entitled, “No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story.”

Gordon Braxton is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia dedicated to making a difference in this world by speaking out against oppression in all of its many forms. He has traveled across the United States presenting to young audiences at middle schools, high schools and colleges. His programs focus on sexual and gender violence prevention.

Mike Green is President, Collegiate Consultants on Drugs & Alcohol. Over the past fifteen years, Green has presented on more than 1000 campuses nationwide in his effort to make drug and alcohol awareness and education an integral part of every student’s life. He is a recognized leader in the field who has earned the respect of both his colleagues and students he has counseled.

Building Bridges: From Hurt to Healing

Katie Koestner & Gordon Braxton, Campus Outreach Services

Monday, September 15, 7 p.m., Anges Flanagan Chapel

Building Bridges draws on the manifold similarities between the experiences of persons of color and the experiences of women in an attempt to find common ground on which to build hope. The presentation centers around Braxton’s personal journey from an African-American male committed to ending racial oppression to someone committed to ending oppression in all of its forms. Key points of the presentation include drawing upon similarities to solve differences, the role of whites and men in ending oppression, and a strong emphasis on the occurrence and effects of sexual assault.

One Nighter

Mike Green, M.Ed.

President, Collegiate Consultants on Drugs & Alcohol

Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m., Anges Flanagan Chapel

Green’s firsthand experiences as a recovering alcoholic gives him the credibility to honestly relate the dangers drugs and alcohol pose for many students. He has made it his life’s work to help young people avoid the perils of abuse through interactive presentations which are humorous, entertaining, and poignant.

These programs are sponsored by the Dean of Students and are free and open to the public.

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