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Illinois State University Speaker Series: Schuyler Bailar

Friday, September 20th 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Description

University Housing Services LGBTQA Cultural Dinner
5 p.m. September 20
Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Uptown Normal

A recent graduate of Harvard University, Schuyler Bailar is the first openly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer, and the first publicly documented NCAA D1 transgender man to compete as a man in any sport.

Cultural Dinners at Illinois State University serve to celebrate and educate. Dinner guests will enjoy a meal catered by the Bloomington/Normal Marriott featuring a variety of Korean cuisine. Tickets for the dinner are $20, or meal plan holders may use a meal swipe to make a reservation in exchange for one meal. Tickets will be available online until September 13 or until sold out. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

For more details about the event and to purchase tickets, visit Housing.IllinoisState.edu.

A special thank you to the following campus partners that will assist in the planning and implementation of this event: Event Management, Dining and Hospitality, Association of Residence Halls, Tri-Towers Area Government, and Tri-Towers Diversity Coalition.

Having lived on the margin as a “Woman, Korean American, Gay, Trans” and now often perceived as a privileged elite “Harvard white guy” Schuyler’s inspiring story is filled with unique and insightful perspectives. Schuyler will engage the group in an energetic conversation on topics ranging from his personal journey of coming out trans as a D1 athlete, finding joy in being your best you, the spectrum of masculinity, competing at elite levels as an LGBTQ athlete, empowering youth through social emotional learning, the role of disordered eating, self-harm and therapy in his journey, and activism in our current political landscape.

The talk is part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series which seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


University Housing Services
(309) 438-8611


Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Ave
Normal, IL
(309) 862-9000