Activist, Speaker and Author
Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety, sexual misconduct and technology issues. At age 18, she was the first person in history to speak out nationally and publically about being the victim of “Date Rape”. She subsequently appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine that year. She is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured at over 3000 schools, universities, military bases, and corporations throughout the world. Katie has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and dozens of other national television programs.
Her audiences have included the incoming classes at MIT, Brown University, West Point, the US Naval Academy, Amherst College, Williams College, the top 200 officers of the Department of Defense, and the American Association of School Administrators. In 2010, the US Ambassador to India invited Katie to keynote and lead a 19 day campaign in India to raise awareness about Violence Against Women. In 2011, Ms. Koestner’s Foundation, Take Back The Night, was chosen by the TV Show, The Good Wife, as their charity of choice for their Celebrity Golf Tournament.
The Girl Scouts of America selected Katie, Katie Couric and a handful of others as honored women to present for their 100th Anniversary Celebration. She has assisted the US Department of Education in developing and providing programs to women in high risk communities. Her testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation. In 2007, Coe College awarded her an honorary doctorate for her extensive work on student safety and public service. In 2011, Katie launched the first ever online learning program, ThinkLuv and ThinkDrink, that permute 726 different ways to match the demographics and learning style of each student taking the course. In 2012, Katie initiated the 10 Points of Light to Take Back The Night national awareness campaign, holding sessions at such schools as Harvard, Claremont Colleges, and the University of Washington. In 2013 and 2014, Katie organized over 20 Policy Institutes from coast to coast to educate school leaders on cyber and sexual misconduct best practices for policy and prevention. 2015, Katie presented to all the Men’s Basketball Coaches at the Final Four and with the US Secretary of the Air Force to an audience of over 4000 Air Force Officers and Personnel. In 2015, the US Department of State chose Katie to work with a delegation of Chinese diplomates at the United Nations on strategies to reduce sexual and relationship violence. Katie’s energy and enthusiasm spur audiences from age 8 to 80 to positive action around the globe.
Amanda Blaugher serves as the Program Director for the Take Back The Night Foundation and is the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Penn State Harrisburg. Amanda oversees national campaigns such as 10 Points of Light and Respect My Red for the Take Back The Night Foundation. She works with school, colleges, and communities to help them organize their walks, runs, vigils and other programming components. Amanda is the Program Coordinator for Respect My Red: an international campaign for healthy, respectful relationships. She served as the Conference Coordinator for The International Summit to End Sexual Violence held at Fordham University in 2016. Amanda works tirelessly to assist event holders around the globe with planning and organizing their walks, runs, vigils and educational programs.
Holding a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University, Amanda has been committed to raising awareness about all forms of sexual violence since she was a college student, at which time she created a Women’s Empowerment Program that oversaw all programming efforts on campus around sexual violence and healthy relationships. She has presented to over a quarter of a million students and professionals at more than 200 colleges, universities, military bases, corporations, non-profits and high schools across the country on sexual violence and healthy relationships.
On a personal level, Amanda is a die hard in making it to a daily workout at the gym to balance mind and body. Amanda enjoys staying current on academic interests, current events, and heading to the beach on school breaks.
- Over 75 speeches/trainings/presentations
- The highest number in attendance was over 800 for a presentation Tierra did for Katie in San Mateo (Junipero Serra High School)
- Athlete Development Professional Certification Program, Wharton School of Business
- Sexual Assault Advisory Board, Baylor University
- 2011 Graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute
- 2010 N4A Professional Promise Recipient
- NCAA Disc Facilitator
- NCAA Effective Facilitator Training
- NCAA Career in Sports Forum Facilitator
- NCAA Leadership Forum Facilitator
- Big 12 Leadership Summit Facilitator
- Certified ACE Personal Trainer and Health Coach
- E-RYT 200 Vinyasa Yoga Instructor
- CPR and AED Certified
It’s my mission to educate and empower others to make a difference by standing up for themselves and for each other to stop violence against women and all victims of violence.
Dr. Sandra Miles
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Sandra Miles is the Dean of Students and Director of Student Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University – Columbus (IUPUC). Within her role she serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, oversees all student success services (student involvement, athletics, career services, disability services, ombudsman services, and tutoring services), and serves as the chief diversity officer. As the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Miles serves on the IUPUI Diversity Cabinet and as Chair of the IUPUC Diversity Council. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Miles conducts diversity and inclusion trainings for campus faculty and staff and is heavily involved in strategy development to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce at IUPUC.
Further, she is the Co-Director of the IUPUC Leadership Studies minor, teaches upper division courses within the Women’s Studies department, and has published within her field. Her research interests include issues of women and minorities in higher education and the 21st century White male experience. Dr. Miles presents her research annually at national and regional conference meetings.
Dr. Miles completed her doctoral work at Florida State University in 2012, earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Public Administration and an emphasis on Women’s Studies. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Honors in the Major) at the University of Central Florida where she also earned a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration.
In addition to her career achievements Dr. Sandra Miles is a national board member for the NASPA Center for Women; a speaker for Campus Outreach Services; serves on Board of Directors for the United Way of Bartholomew County; is the Immediate Past National Director of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc; and is an active member of the Louisville (KY) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Director of Men’s Involvement
The November 2015 issue of Ebony magazine identified Gordon Braxton as a “super man” because he is a committed activist focused on fighting intimate violence. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has a Master’s in Education from Harvard. He began his work in sexual violence prevention as a peer educator in an all-male anti-violence group at the University of Virginia as an undergraduate. UVA awarded him the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award, the University’s highest award for humanitarian service. He also won the Black Fraternal Council’s Man of the Year Award, among other distinctions.
Upon Gordon’s graduation, Katie Koestner, who helped coin the term “date rape” with her 1991 appearance on the cover of TIME, invited him to join her as a presenter on the topic of sexual violence prevention. He has gone on to present to over 100 secondary schools, colleges, universities, community organizations, and military institutions throughout the country. From 2005 to 2009, Gordon was the Prevention Specialist at Harvard University’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and helped implement the school’s violence prevention policies. He remains an ally to the violence prevention community as a blogger on manhood and rape culture, as a part-time public speaker, and as an occasional contributor to radio and television engagements.
Gordon’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine, and VoiceMale. He is the recipient of the Men of Vision Award by Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault, the 2000 Gilbert J. Sullivan Award from the University of Virginia’s Parents Program; the 2001 Gregory Raven Batipps Scholarship; and the Association of Black Harvard Women’s 2007 “Strivers in the Community” Panel Position. Gordon has keynoted conferences and events at Harvard, Brown, University of San Diego, Colorado College, Fordham University, and over 100 other schools.
Dan graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a degree in Chemistry before beginning his career in college admissions. He was selected as a Rhodes College Student Trustee and served as a Student Government Senator. Presently, Dan is the director of New Student Programs in Student Affairs at Rhodes College. In this role, he helps first-year students transition into the college environment. Through his experience in student affairs, Dan became the campus educator for sexual assault prevention. Katie Koestner, who helped coin the term “date rape” with her 1991 appearance on the cover of TIME, invited him to join her as a presenter on the topic of sexual violence prevention during his work to improve education resources on campus.
Dan’s work in sexual violence prevention spans the breadth of policy to advocacy work. He has played a role in rewriting the campus policy on sexual misconduct and gender discrimination. He also serves as a chair of sexual misconduct hearings and helps to train hearing boards. He works regularly with students on bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and sexual misconduct education. Also, he serves as the manager and strategist of all social media accounts at Rhodes College and has extensive knowledge in best practices for using different media platforms. As a speaker, Dan is known for his ability to quickly relate to his audience, establishing an immediate rapport with listeners. On a personal level, Dan is passionate about healthy living. He is an avid runner and marathoner. He enjoys healthy eating and often leads Rhodes students on adventure trips over breaks. He enjoys community service and finding creative ways for various groups of people to connect and support each other.