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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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Tyler Oakley to Speak During UCM Unity Week Feb. 13-17

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 3, 2017) – The University of Central Missouri will celebrate the diversity of the university community with Unity Week 2017, planned for Feb. 13-17.

Tyler Oakley
Tyler Oakley

A highlight of the week of events will be a presentation by humorist, activist, author and podcast personality Tyler Oakley. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project at UCM, Oakley’s appearance is planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Hendricks Hall.

Oakley’s activism has been dedicated to LGBT youth, LGBT rights and social issues involving healthcare, education and suicide prevention among LGBT youth. Active across many social media platforms, he first began creating and posting YouTube videos in 2007. His first video, “Raindrops,” received more than 400,000 views by the beginning of 2016, when he had more than 5 million followers on Twitter and 6 million in Instagram.

He is a published author and has appeared on a variety of television and web formats, as well as has received attention and acclaim from a variety of major celebrities and organizations and has volunteered and participated in fundraising for The Trevor Project, a teen suicide prevention organization.

In addition to Oakley’s appearance, Unity Week events designed to educate and celebrate the unique aspects of life include:

All Unity Week events are free and open to the public. Unity Week at UCM is sponsored by The Spotlight, the student programming organization in the Office of Student Activities at UCM. For more information about Unity Week 2017, visit or call 660-543-4293.