Tarana Burke, the founder of the “Me Too” movement, will speak at 7 p.m. April 16 in the Gallogly Events Center as the 2019 UCCS Significant Speaker. Tickets go on sale Jan. 22.
Burke initially used the phrase “Me Too” in 2006 to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault. It was adopted into a larger movement in 2017 when allegations were made against Harvey Weinstein and later other individuals when actress Alyssa Milano encouraged victims to say “me too” if they’ve experienced harassment. Burke was among the individuals recognized as the 2017 Time Person of the Year among “The Silence Breakers.”
“Burke’s message of survival and her leadership to help thousands of other victims come forward makes her one of the defining leaders of our modern society,” said Stephen Cucchiara, director of student activities and community service. “She has provided women and men the confidence to hold others accountable and for showing everyone how prevalent the behavior was.”
UCCS students, faculty, staff and anyone with a military ID can purchase tickets for $2. General public tickets are $5. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 at the University Center Information Desk and online at uccs.edu/speaker.
The UCCS Significant Speaker is sponsored by the Department of Student Life and the Office of Residence Life and Housing. Previous speakers have included Diane Guerrero, Gabby Douglas, LeVar Burton, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Bennet Omalu, Jerry Greenfield and Randi Zuckerberg.