Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Tarana Burke
Thursday, November 7 | 6:30 PM | Cohen Auditorium, Aidekman Arts Center (UPDATED! Event has been moved from ASEAN Auditorium)
Join Tisch College for a conversation with civil rights activist and founder of the 'me too.' movement, Tarana Burke, and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Tufts, Nandi Bynoe. Currently the Executive Director of the ‘me too.’ organization, Burke has dedicated more than 25 years 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 simple yet courageous 'me too' hashtag campaign emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment. A sexual assault survivor herself, Burke was named The Root 100's most influential person of 2018, and as part of a group of prominent female activists dubbed “the silence breakers,” was named TIME’s Person of the Year in 2017. She also serves as the Senior Director of Girls for Gender Equity, a youth leadership development organization working to actualize racial and gender justice in partnership with young people. In her upcoming book, “Where the Light Enters,” Burke discusses the importance of the 'me too' movement as well as her personal journey from “victim to survivor to thriver.”
Moderating the conversation will be Nandi Bynoe, the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering. Dean Bynoe also provides support and coordination for the six Identity-based Centers at Tufts and manages diversity and inclusion efforts more broadly across the Medford/Somerville and Boston SMFA campuses. Before this role, Dean Bynoe was Assistant Dean in the Dean of Student Affairs Office at Tufts and previously held the role of Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist with CARE (Center for Awareness, Resources and Education). She is a double Jumbo, receiving her B.A. in International Relations and her M.A. in Educational Studies from Tufts.
This event is sponsored by Tisch College, Office of the Provost, the Africana Center, the Women’s Center, the Athletics Department, Tufts Fraternity & Sorority Life, and the Center for Awareness, Resources, and Education at Tufts (CARE). Follow the conversation live at #TaranaBurkeAtTufts.