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.
- Graduate from Mount St. Mary’s University and holds a Master’s of Science from Shippensburg University.
- Formed a Women’s Empowerment program at Mount St. Mary’s University and was awarded the Third Century Scholar Award in 2009.
- Serves as the Program Director for the Take Back The Night Foundation, overseeing national campaigns and assisting event holders to organize walks, runs, vigils and other programming components.
- Served as the Conference Coordinator for The International Summit to End Sexual Violence in 2016.
- Awarded a Certificate of Advocacy from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs in 2016.
- Graduate from Baylor University and holds a Master’s in Exercise Physiology.
- Served on the board for the National Association of Academic Athletic Advisors.
- Active member of the NACAA Membership and Student-Athlete Development Committee.
- Serves as the Director of the Baylor Leadership Academy after attending the NCAA Leadership Institute in 2011.
- Serves on the Sexual Assault Advisory Board at Baylor University.
- Facilitator of the NCAA Career in Sports Forum and Leadership Forum, and with NFL Prep 100.
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
- Graduate from University of Central Florida and holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University.
- Research interests include issues of women and minorities in higher education and the 21st century White male experience.
- National Board Member for NSAPA Center for women; serves on Board of Directors for the United Way of Bartholomew County; is the Immediate Past National Director of the Black Females Development Circle, Inc; and is an active member of the Louisville (KY) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Currently is the Dean of Student and Director of Student Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University-Columbus (IUPUC) and serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Chief Diversity Officer.
Director of Men’s Involvement
- Graduate from University of Virginia and holds a Master’s in Education from Harvard.
- Began work in sexual violence prevention as a peer educator at UVA, and was awarded the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award from UVA
- Identified by Ebony Magazine as “super man” because of commitment to activism focused on fighting intimate violence.
- Served as a Prevention Specialist at Harvard and helped to implement the University’s violence prevention policies.
- Work has been featured in Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine, and VoiceMale.
- Recipient of the Men of Vision Award, the 2000 Gilbert J. Sullivan Award, the 2001 Gregory Raven Batipps Scholarship, and the Association of Black Harvard Women’s 2007 “Strivers in the Community” Panel Position.
- Graduate from Rhodes College and holds a degree in Chemistry.
- Selected as a Rhodes College Student Trustee and Served as a Student Government Senator.
- Played a role in rewriting Rhodes College campus policy on sexual misconduct and gender discrimination.
- Serves as a chair of sexual misconduct hearings and assists in training hearing boards
- Works regularly with students on bystander intervention, healthy relationships and sexual misconduct education.
- Graduate from St. Norbert College and holds a Master of Arts from Stony Brook Univeristy.
- Started working with and advocating for diverse populations as a graduate student at Stony Brook University.
- Continues advocacy through being an active member of the National Academic Advising Association and presentating for the National Association of Student Affairs.
- Awarded “Outstanding Student Organization Advisor of the Year for her work with Colleges Against Cancer at Carthage College.
- Empowers others to reflect on their leadership styles in terms of their advocacy & allyhood to diverse communities and inspires them to step up and take action.
- Distinct capacity to create lasting, meaningful connections with wide audiences including students, faculty, staff, and parents.
What’s been said about “Drew”:
- Engaging, quick-witted speaker, and strong advocate for inclusivity and diversity
- Seasoned professional with direct experience educating students, middle school through higher education, as well as faculty, staff, and parents in diversity and leadership.