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Staff

Katie Eichele, Director, M.S.

Katie Eichele is responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day operations of The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education, development of policy and protocols relating to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment, partnering with faculty, staff and students in the development of outreach and educational initiatives, development of innovative programs to enhance the safety and well-being of students, and the overall coordination of services with other campus and community organizations.

Additionally, she provides direct services to clients, addresses parent concerns, provides consultations for the greater university campus and surrounding community, supervises the TAC staff, and oversees Aurora's fiscal accountability.

Katie has worked at the University of Minnesota, TC since 2004. Her background/experience stems from communications, teaching, student conduct, safety and security, policy development, student development, social justice, and crisis management.

Email: eiche035@umn.edu

Direct line: (612) 626-9977

 

Gavin Grivna, Assistant Director, M.A.

Gavin Grivna is responsible for The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education’s program development, service evaluation and assessment, conducting professional workshops around violence prevention and intervention, strategizing campus awareness and response, training volunteers and student staff, statistical data collecting and reporting, marketing communications and serving as principal investigator on grant funding proposals and efforts.

Gavin has worked full-time at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities since 2009. His previous work experiences include student support and advising, training, facilitation and supervision, student conduct, and social justice education.

Email: grivn016@umn.edu

Direct line: (612) 626-9988

 

Bronte Stewart-New, Legal Advocacy Coordinator

Bronte is responsible for coordinating the legal advocacy services provided by The Aurora Center. This includes legal advocacy, academic advocacy, and systems advocacy as well as meeting one to one with clients and responding to phone calls on the 24 hour helpline. Additionally, they co-facilitate our support groups and provide supervision for our direct service volunteers and interns.

Email: stewa718@umn.edu

Direct Line: (612) 624-0630

 

Chloe Vraney, Legal Advocacy Coordinator

Chloe is responsible for coordinating the legal advocacy services provided by The Aurora Center. This includes legal advocacy, academic advocacy, and systems advocacy as well as meeting one to one with clients and responding to phone calls on the 24 hour helpline. Additionally, they co-facilitate our support groups and provide supervision for our direct service volunteers and interns.

Chloe's previous work experience has been to provide advocacy services to individuals and families experiencing domestic and sexual violence. Her background focuses on recognizing different barriers to accessing these resources and promoting equality, equity, and diversity. Chloe also speaks Spanish.

Email: vran0020@umn.edu

Direct Line: (612) 626-6404

 

Jerie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator, M.A. equivalent

Jerie is responsible for volunteer recruitment and the general care and nurture through ongoing training, reviews and supervision of volunteer advocates and writes lots of recommendations.  She is also responsible for volunteer participation in outreach through tabling and is the primary planner for the annual Recognition Event celebrating the work of volunteers and partners along some beginning structure and work with alums. 

Email: smith449@umn.edu

Direct Line: (612) 626-3433

 

Paul Ang, Prevention Program Coordinator

Paul is responsible for coordinating presentations and training offered by The Aurora Center to students, staff and faculty at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College. Topics for training include respect, bystander intervention, consent, healthy relationships and more.

Email: paang@umn.edu

Direct Line: (612) 626-9122

 

Malik Mitchell, Men’s Engagement Coordinator

Malik is responsible for co-coordinating presentations and training offered by The Aurora Center to students, staff and faculty at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College. Topics for training include bystander intervention, consent, healhty relationships and more. Additionally, they further Aurora's efforts to engage more male-identified survivors and broaden the range of community members who connect with Aurora, support survivors and advocate for violence prevention.
 

Email: mitch924@umn.edu

Direct Line: (612) 626-3398