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Tarana Burke: Me Too Movement Founder

  • Coffman Memorial Union 300-398 Southeast Washington Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States (map)

Social justice activist, founder of the ‘Me Too’ movement, and one of the Silence Breakers named 2017 TIME Person Of The Year, Tarana Burke, has been creating waves and raising awareness of sexual abuse and sexual assault across the world. Join us for a presentation and Q&A session on Friday, February 16th in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. In conjunction with Multicultural Student Engagement and The Aurora Center , this event will uncover unspoken, ugly truths and the power of speaking out.

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Doors: 4:45pm
Presentation: 5:30pm

Ticket holders not in attendance by 5:30pm may forfeit their seat. In the event of a sold out presentation, rush tickets may become available. These tickets will be distributed at the door on a first come, first served basis starting at 5:30pm.

Tarana’s Bio:
Tarana Burke shares the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of the viral 2017 TIME Person Of The Year-winning ‘me too’ movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment.

The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift, and inspire you.

#Metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma.