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MHC is excited to welcome Schuyler Bailar, internationally-celebrated inspirational speaker and inclusion advocate, author and advocate for trans inclusion, body acceptance, and mental health awareness.

Schuyler Bailar (he/him) is the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. By 15, he was one of the nation’s top-20 15-year-old breast-strokers. By 17, he set a national age-group record. In college, he swam for Harvard University, on Harvard’s winningest team in 50 years. Schuyler’s difficult choice – to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion – was historic. His story has appeared everywhere from 60 Minutes to The Washington Post. Schuyler’s tireless advocacy has earned him numerous honors including LGBTQ Nation’s Instagram Advocate for 2020. In 2021, Schuyler also released his first middle-grade novel, Obie Is Man Enough. And in 2022, Schuyler created making gender literacy education accessible to every team, school and company. As seen on The Ellen Show and The Olympic Channel, Schuyler will tell his groundbreaking journey as the first transgender athlete to compete on an NCAA D1 men’s team in an engaging and uplifting presentation and discussion.

Following the presentation and discussion, copies of Schuyler's book will be raffled off to student attendees and all attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a meet-and-greet from 2–3 pm.

Session co-sponsors: Department of Physical Education and Athletics, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Division of Student Life and Office of Community and Belonging and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

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