UBC Connects: Tarana Burke

About the Talk:

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

Since #MeToo became a viral hashtag, Tarana has emerged as a global leader in the evolving conversation around sexual violence and the need for survivor-centred solutions. Her theory of using empathy to empower survivors is changing the way the nation and the world think about and engage with survivors.

Her talk is a call to action that is meant to inspire and motivate all who are affected by sexual violence- which is everyone. Tarana talks candidly about why sexual violence is so rampant in our culture and presents concrete ways that every day citizens can interrupt it. She also provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices and enable survivors across all races, genders or classes to know that they are not alone.