MSUToday
Published: Feb. 16, 2018

Reflect, connect, support

Contact(s): Beth Brauer-Delaney Communications and Brand Strategy Beth.Brauer-Delaney@cabs.msu.edu, Jennifer Orlando Media Communications office: (517) 353-4355 cell: (517) 980-0076 Jennifer.Orlando@cabs.msu.edu

Michigan State University is committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence and fostering change.

The following is a list of some of the resources, services and programs in place to best support survivors and improve campus culture and beyond.

  • CANR Open Forum for students, hosted by College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 12 to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19 in Room 1310, Anthony Hall; Feb. 21 in Room 271, Plant & Soil Sciences Building; and Feb. 23 in Room 338, Natural Resources Building.
  • We Hear You. This student roundtable is hosted by ASMSU, COGS and RHA. 6:30 to 9 p.m., Feb. 21 and 26 in the MSU Union Ballroom.
  • Hands-On Healing (six sessions: Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 14, March 21, March 28 and April 4), MSU Sexual Assault Program. 4 to 5 p.m., in the Student Services Building.
  • "Our Community: Engaging to Move Forward" is a guided conversation among MSU employees related to current events and climate on campus. All faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
    • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in Room 50 of the MSU Union
    • 8:30 to 10 a.m. Feb. 23 in Room 115 of the International Center
    • 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the MSUFCU Community Room, 4825 E. Mount Hope Road, East Lansing, 48823
    • 8:30 to 10 a.m. March 2 in Room 138 of Akers Hall
  • Reflect & Connect: "Working Together to Interrupt Rape Culture." 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 28 in Room 110, Chittenden Hall. RSVP requested to MSU WorkLife Office.
  • Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative Self-care Collection Drive. NSSC is collecting a variety of self-care items to donate to the MSU Sexual Assault Program until March 12. Donations will be accepted at Engagement Centers in the following locations: Brody Hall, Hubbard Hall, MSU Union, McDonel Hall and Holden Hall.
  • Counseling and psychiatric services are available to all MSU students at Olin Health Center. Appointments can be made in person during business hours; walk-in services are also available for those students in crisis or experiencing extreme distress. For more information about business hours and the different types of services available, visit Counseling and Psychiatric Services.
  • For alumni and friends wishing to give financial resources to the survivors, MSU encourages supporting the following organizations:
    • The Sexual Assault Program at MSU supports the activities of the Counseling and Psychiatric Services office as it works to help students impacted by sexual violence and strives to create a community free of violence and oppression. CAPS uses counseling, advocacy and support groups to assist MSU students. To donate, visit givingto.msu.edu/survivors.
    • MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence and stalking. It provides advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. To donate, visit givingto.msu.edu/survivors.
    • Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault provides leadership and resources for sexual assault programs to prevent sexual violence, while promoting a comprehensive, socially-just response for all survivors. This organization is one of two that MSU has selected to help facilitate access to counseling and mental health services for survivors. To donate, visit www.mncasa.org.

Survivors of former MSU physician Larry Nassar's abuse and their parents who need a referral to counseling or mental health services may call a 24-hour phone line, 866-407-1240, to be connected with qualified providers in their areas, no matter where they live.

The Healing Assistance Fund was established to facilitate access to counseling and mental health services for the survivors of Nassar's abuse. The $10 million fund is available to MSU health clinic patients and student athletes whom Nassar abused, as well as the parents of these survivors.

Past events include:

  • "Open Mic, Open Stage, Open Space" for all MSU students was held from 7 to 10 p.m, Feb. 18. in the Auditorium.
  • "Reflect and Connect," which provided an opportunity for Spartans to come together and share their experiences, express their feelings and talk about how recent events are affecting them personally and professionally. 
    • The MSU staff and faculty session took place Feb. 8 and the student session took place Feb. 13.
Our Commitment: Healing Assistant Fund - National organizations selected to oversee fund for counseling and services