Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement, will speak at CU Boulder's Macky Auditorium on Monday, April 15. Burke is being hosted by the student-led Cultural Events Board. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the event beginning at 7 p.m.
Burke will share the story behind the genesis of the ‘me too.’ Movement, and hopes to give strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment.
CU Boulder student ($2) and faculty-staff ($10) tickets will be sold weekdays beginning March 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the first-floor event table in the University Memorial Center. A valid Buff OneCard and cash will be required at the time of purchase. Public tickets ($25) will be available exclusively at the Macky website starting at 10 a.m. March 18.
“Tarana Burke has generated a global platform for all victims of sexual assault, especially women of color, to voice their stories in a safe space,” said Mavjuda Rassel, chair of Cultural Events Board. “Burke’s passion and activism for justice has generated a new movement where women can feel heard, understood, supported and no longer silenced.”
Burke 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. A sexual assault survivor herself, Burke works 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 aims to provide 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.
The Cultural Events Board’s mission is to provide programming that brings culture, diversity, and social awareness to the CU Boulder campus. Tarana Burke spearheaded and inspired a movement that has encouraged people all around the world to discuss sexual assault in a safe and empowering environment.