Tim Mousseau

Combining original research with powerful stories grounded in personal experiences, Tim Mousseau uses passion and vulnerability to guide conversations that will leave students inspired to combat sexual violence, redefine masculinity, and provoke change.

TOPICS


  • Bystander Intervention
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Leadership
  • Masculinity
  • Organizational Development
  • Orientation/First-Year Experience
  • Sexual Violence Prevention
  • Violence Prevention

KEYNOTES


FACULTY/STAFF DEVELOPMENT


ADDITIONAL SERVICES & PROGRAMS


 

Tim Mousseau inspires students through research combined with powerful stories.

Getting to know

Tim Mousseau

Over the past few years, Tim has worked in the fields of sexual violence prevention and masculinity to move the needs on these critical topics at over 300 keynotes across the country. Throughout his work, Tim has been featured in Men’s Health, a SpokesMo for the Movember Foundation, and a past board member of the nonprofit, 1 in 6. Professionally, Tim received a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga and a Bachelor’s in Communication from the University of New Mexico. Tim is a writer, currently working on children’s books, and an artist, having a hand in the design of all 30 plus of his tattoos based on personal life experiences.

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

To help you promote your event with Tim, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials

LOGISTICAL MATERIALS

Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Tim.
In-Person Event AV needs (PDF)
Speaking introduction (PDF)
Discussion Questions (PDF)

SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY About Tim Mousseau!

Tim has visited our campus multiple times and never fails to bring the message home to our students. Prevention starts with ending the silence on sexual violence. His message is backed up by research and credible resources (making him popular with our faculty). His powerful story reached over a third of our campus with care, compassion, and humor.

— Stephanie Kinkaid

Title IX Coordinator, Monmouth College

At his time with Texas A&M and Duke University, Tim’s delivery method was both moving and engaging. His story has the ability to develop empathy in a population that is often indifferent and hard to reach. Several students reported that his response to drinking, sex and sexual violence was the most realistic and relatable explanation they had heard. I would definitely utilize his services and recommend him to colleagues in the future.

— April-Autumn Jenkins

Gender Violence Intervention Services Coordinator, Duke University

Having Timothy Mousseau as our keynote speaker exceeded all of our expectations as event organizers but more, he significantly impacted our audience. We received calls and emails about the lasting impression Tim created for weeks after he addressed our attendees. He was able to create a safe and inviting environment that was conducive for our men to openly listen to the difficult topics at hand while processing the internal changes necessary for everyone to feel empowered to be a part of the social movement to end gender violence.

— Mindi Fetterman

Found & Executive Director, The Inner Truth Project

Tim is a dynamic speaker with a powerful message for everyone. He empowers others to take a stand to end the violence and the culture violence thrives in. Our students were moved by his presentation and continued it onto other campus conversations to end the culture that promotes violence.

— Joy Jager

Project Coordinator, Upper Iowa University

Tim brought a fresh and thoughtful approach to a topic that college students feel they hear about too much. I found Tim’s presentation to be very impactful. I thought it was the perfect mix of giving tips to help mitigate sexual violence through bystander intervention and challenging men to be better. I would also add that his approach to speaking to men was constructive – he did not blame them for their predisposition to carrying out acts of sexual violence but rather their culture and upbringing. I think this approach is best for limiting defensiveness from men. Overall, I think the presentation was a great success.

— Amy Kristof-Brown

Dean, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Univ. of Iowa

Simply Fantastic! Tim Mousseau has been a staple of Oglethorpe University’s yearly approach to addressing our campus’ sexual assault conversation. Specifically, through New Student Orientation and Greek Life, Tim’s Retaking Our Story presentation always receives extraordinarily high praise from our students making him consistently our highest rated campus speaker. It is amazing how students feel empowered after hearing Tim. He has the unique ability to reach all genders and make the difficult topic of sexual assault accessible to a widely diverse population

— Amy Palder

Assistant Dean of Students and Chief Conduct Officer, Oglethorpe University

Tim has been a partner of Peabody’s for quite a few years and does an outstanding job of delivering challenging content with a focus on meeting students where they are. He shares a deeply personal story with vulnerability and honesty, which provides a foundation for students to reflect on how they play a role in maintaining or dismantling rape culture. I also appreciate Tim’s willingness to personalize the content to our community’s needs, as he incorporating content on toxic masculinity in his talk with our students this year.

— Stacy Cooper Patterson

Director of Student Affairs, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

I can honestly say I have never seen our student athletes so engaged around a conversation of sexual violence. Tim was a phenomenal speaker and the students, coaches, counselors, and myself appreciated his story, his idea of leaving a legacy, and his take on leadership. I am hopeful we can have Tim on campus in the future!

— Erika Pichardo

Program Coordinator, College of Mount Saint Vincent

Tim did a fantastic keynote for our students. He delivered an excellent message with serious points but added humor and encouraged open dialogue around topics that are often swept under the rug. Tim’s point around sexual conquests and societal male capital hit home with students. I had several male students approach me afterward and tell me that Tim’s keynote really changed how they will be approaching encouraging their friends to engage in sexual relationships and discussing sexual values.

— Emily Weeks

Assistant Director of Student Activities, Lander University

KEYNOTES

Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation

It took one letter to redefine Tim’s life. With a series of photographs, Tim faced the evidence of an experience he had no memory of – he learned he was a victim of sexual assault. Not only did he have to come to grips with this new reality, but he also had to face the ongoing nightmare of being stalked and blackmailed. After struggling in isolation and grappling with shame reinforced by others, he realized something—this was his story to tell. By telling it, he could help himself and, more importantly, help others rekindle feelings of safety.

After years of silence, Tim published his experience, and thousands read about his story as a survivor. He never imagined the responses. As Tim talked with hundreds, he realized that authentically opening up on this sensitive topic created chances to reframe how communities were having this conversation.

In this keynote, Tim leads a deep and vulnerable conversation on the delicate topic of sexual violence, drawing from his original research, personal experiences, and years of advocacy. Tim provides resources to communities that allow them to facilitate productive conversations around sexual assault, assists in the survivor recovery process, and shares how the power of personal and community action can be utilized in prevention. Students will leave feeling empowered to create a culture of compassion while realistically facing an issue prevalent on campuses across the country. This program is federally compliant with Title IX guidelines and regularly updated to address emerging research in sexual violence prevention.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to empower a supportive campus culture focused on preventing sexual violence, promoting healthy relationships, and efficiently using community resources.
  • The different forms of sexual violence, how these can impact an individual, and how to better address these issues within their community.
  • The beliefs, norms, and status quos that can enable sexual violence to continue, and how everyone can play a role in challenging this on a group and campus level.
  • Bystander intervention skills tailored to their specific community, how to overcome common barriers, and a focus on Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary forms of intervention.
  • A clear understanding of empathetic consent, survivor support, bystander intervention, healthy relationships, and overcoming rape-supportive cultures.
Creating Safer Campus Communities: Sexual Violence Prevention That Go Beyond Compliance

Your students, faculty, and staff deserve a campus experience where they feel safe. A community free from sexual violence or harassment. Without the right perspectives, resources, and support, campus professionals might miss opportunities to support their students. Worse, they might not act for fear of violating federal or campus mandates.

Preventing these harmful behaviors takes more than mere compliance. It requires an intentional approach. As a survivor of sexual violence and researcher on this topic, Tim Mousseau has spent nearly a decade supporting campus prevention efforts. He knows that it’s possible to advance your campus dialogue in a way that maintains compliance and reinforces a culture of care.

In this program, faculty and staff will explore the issues of sexual violence currently facing higher education and leave better equipped to support their students. Pairing original research with emerging and campus data, Tim helps professionals recontextualize their role in this conversation. This program aims to demystify the topic, removing stigma or anxiety by combining practical knowledge with trauma-informed best practices. Faculty and staff will leave inspired to engage with existing campus sexual violence prevention efforts and confident about how they can help.

Facilitating this program, Tim has supported Title IX offices operating with limited resources, Departments of Student Affairs seeking to improve their students’ experiences, specific college faculty, and entire athletic departments and coaching staff. He has even helped overwhelmed and resistant groups recognize the importance of engaging with this topic. This program complements Tim’s undergraduate keynote, providing your campus with an all-encompassing view and offering tools to continue the conversation.

Learning Outcomes

Faculty and staff will leave this program with:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the trending and emerging issues of sexual violence facing their current student populations.
  • Actionable best practices grounded in Title IX compliance and trauma-informed care to support the student populations that they serve.
  • Resources and tools to facilitate productive dialogues, direct their students towards campus support services, and manage ongoing conversations if issues emerge in the campus community.
  • An in-depth perspective around sexual violence, its causes, and impacts to reframe how they contextualize this topic, determine opportunities for engagement, and challenge harmful cultural norms.
  • A clear idea of how they can better engage with your institution’s existing resources and offices to partner on initiatives, seek further Title IX training, or drive departmental change.

 

Mo-Men-Tum: Changing The Landscape on Modern Masculinity

As a male survivor of sexual assault, researcher, and widely published author on masculinity, Tim has seen firsthand how frequently students want to have conversations concerning the ever-changing idea of masculinity. The key lies in helping guide these discussions in a way that is just as fluid as the differing definitions of masculinity. While working with hundreds of thousands of students discussing sex positivity and sexual violence prevention, Tim has learned how to create spaces where students can have critical discussions about the role of masculinity in their community. And he found that facilitating these honest conversations creates safer, more inclusive spaces for all.

Throughout this program, Tim guides participants to explore, critique, and navigate their personal and communal definitions of masculinity. He also empowers participants to embrace versions of masculinity that feel healthy while pushing past regressive and outdated status quos. In a vulnerable, honest, and authentic conversation, Tim helps everyone understand various obstacles that can shift masculinity from being healthy to causing harm.

In this keynote, Tim leads a vulnerable conversation about exploring his masculinity as a male survivor and how traditional values and tropes of masculinity influence our perceptions. Tim will leave a lasting impact on your students by connecting personal stories with original research grounded in the collegiate experience. This program challenges harmful perceptions while building a welcoming dialogue where everyone can participate.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to distinguish between healthy versus harmful masculinity and identify how these perceptions can influence a group culture.
  • The societal systems and cultural institutions that shape masculinity and the lingering impact of these rooted norms when left unchallenged.
  • Tools, habits, activities, and group norms that they can use to generate productive conversations about masculinity in their particular organizations.
  • Ways to better support male-identifying student populations in areas correlated to mental health, seeking out support, and building compassionate cultures.
  • Ways to constructively challenge male-identifying student populations to overcome outdated masculine norms, rooted beliefs, and behaviors that are causing harm to the self or others.
Tattooing Your Leadership Legacy

How is student leadership like a tattoo? Despite what you might think, the answer is not that both of these things have “meaning.” Having spent considerable time in tattoo shops, Tim knows that people have countless motivations for getting tattoos. Having spent considerable time supporting student leaders, he also knows that why our students choose to engage, their organizational goals, and what they hope to achieve also stem from countless motivations.

Whether our student leaders want to change the world, build a unique community around a niched interest, or plan the most amazing campus event, each of these goals is meaningful. Instead of defining the intensity of their legacy, the key lies in offering our student leaders a proven process to help them intentionally and creatively accomplish their individually meaningful goals.

In this creative keynote, Tim uses humorous, insightful stories that connect the process behind getting a tattoo to viewing leadership as an art form. He will help students understand how to develop a shared mission, create safe communities, offer their members a say, and help everyone leave their experience satisfied with their legacy. By discussing acting with clearer visions that move beyond ineffective status quos, Tim will prepare students to ditch leadership labels and become their most authentic selves. By embracing their imagination, creativity, and flaws, students will realize the power of being a unique leader, whatever that means for them.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Why the reasons behind their goals and motivations for joining a student organization or serving as a leader are less meaningful than ensuring everyone feels safe and invested, and satisfied with their accomplishments.
  • How to create safe experiences where organization members, stakeholders, and peers feel included in their identities, capable of speaking up, and engaged throughout an experience.
  • The derailing factors that limit their peers from speaking up and how to build an organizational culture that overcomes these obstacles.
  • Ways to reconcile their intended purpose with the needs and wants of their members to ensure alignment, satisfaction, excitement, and greater buy-in.