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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: [email protected]

Direct line: (612) 626-9977

Gavin Grivna, Associate Director

Gavin is responsible for Aurora's departmental assessment of services offered, printed and digital marketing efforts, and coordinates Aurora's annual 40 hour certification training. He also supervises the prevention education program within Aurora and represents the office across campus on several campus-wide committees.

Gavin has worked full-time at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities since July, 2009. His previous work experiences include campus housing, student conduct, leadership development, facilitation and supervision, social justice education and operational effectiveness. Gavin joined Aurora in January of 2015.

Email: [email protected]

Direct line: (612) 626-9988

Chloe Vraney, Legal Advocacy Manager, M.P.P.

Chloe is responsible for managing the direct services team at The Aurora Center. This includes legal advocacy, academic advocacy, and systems advocacy, as well as crisis counseling over the phone and in person, meeting one-to-one with clients to provide a safe space for healing. Chloe also co-facilitates support groups and provides ongoing training and supervision for direct service volunteers and interns. In addition to direct services and systems justice, Chloe enjoys developing policy language and serving on the Hennepin County SMARTeam.

Chloe's previous work experience was with individuals and families experiencing domestic and sexual violence in Uruguay, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Her background focuses on recognizing different barriers to accessing these resources and promoting inclusion, equity, and diversity. Chloe also speaks Spanish.

Email: [email protected]

Direct Line: (612) 626-6404

Bronte Stewart-New, Legal Advocacy Coordinator

Bronte is responsible for coordinating the advocacy services provided to clients at Aurora. In addition to providing support in a crisis, she advocates for clients as they choose any of the various options available including academic and legal support. Bronte regularly meets one to one with clients and responds to phone calls on the 24 hour helpline. Additionally, she co-facilitates Aurora's support groups and provides supervision for student staff and volunteers. 

Bronte possesses a depth of knowledge and experience in relation to Aurora, beginning as a volunteer then as a student staff member and now proudly serves as a full-time advocate.

Email: [email protected]

Direct Line: (612) 624-0630

Elaine Vue, Legal Advocacy Diversity Coordinator

Elaine is responsible for providing direct service and outreach to clients at Aurora with a focus on providing awareness and victim services to underserved/marginalized communities on campus. This includes providing outreach, building relationships, and creating innovative direct service solutions in order to promote inclusion, equity, and diversity. She also co-facilitates cultural and identity-specific support groups and provides supervision for student staff and volunteers.

Elaine is bilingual in Hmong and English and has a background working with individuals and families experiencing violence. Her previous work includes crisis support, legal advocacy regarding protective orders, and collaborating on support initiatives geared towards immigrant/refugee communities.

Email: [email protected]

Direct Line: (612) 626-0507

Ashley Harrington, Volunteer Coordinator

Ashley is responsible for volunteer recruitment, with an emphasis on diversity, along with the supervision of over 80 active volunteers including selection, ongoing training, and semesterly reviews. Other responsibilities include oversite of Aurora’s outreach including event tabling, as well as the planning and execution of the annual Recognition Celebration expressing gratitude for the work of volunteers and partners.  

Ashley's previous work experience was providing legal advocacy, court advocacy, and crisis support to individuals experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking for the city of Minneapolis. Ashley previously volunteered at The Aurora Center and served as a student staff member, and is now overjoyed to be back at Aurora as a full-time staff member.

Email: [email protected]

Direct Line: (612) 626-3398

Demi Adediran, Men’s Engagement Coordinator

Demi is responsible for co-coordinating educational workshops and training offered by Aurora to students, staff and faculty at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg University. Topics for training include consent, healthy relationships, sexual violence at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and more.

Additionally, this role furthers 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: [email protected] 

Direct Line: (612) 626-9122

Alexa Paleka, Prevention Program Coordinator, M. Ed.

Alexa's position is responsible for the planning and implementation of the prevention education curriculum offered by Aurora to students, staff and faculty at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg University. Topics for training and workshops include respect, bystander intervention, consent, healthy relationships, stalking, sexual harassment and more.

Alexa's previous work experience includes compliance, residence life, and advising. Her background is in communication, higher education administration, and sexual violence prevention and response. 

Email: [email protected]

Direct Line: (612) 624-9602