Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who was the original founder of the “me too” movement, which she started in 2006. It later became a global phenomenon that raised awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society in 2017. In 2017 Tarana and other influential female activists were named “the silence breakers” by Time magazine.
Tarana will speak about the origins of the ”me too” movement and the premise – that the power of empathy is key to survivor’s healing – that it is built on. She talks candidly about why sexual violence is so rampant in our culture and talks about concrete ways that every day citizens can interrupt it. Her talk is a call to action that is meant to inspire and motivate all who are affected by sexual violence- which is everyone.
Co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, CLAS (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion), Asian and Asian American Studies Institute Ahimsa Endowment (Made Possible by the Greater Hartford Jain Center), WRAAP and Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.