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Nowruz Celebration

Nowruz Celebration
April 1, 2017
M State - Moorhead Campus

Please join us on Tuesday, April 4
th from 11:00am to 12:00pm in room B154 (Moorhead Campus) for a special gathering in celebrating 2017 NOWRUZ: NEW YEAR CELEBRATION with our special speaker (Dr. Azad Berwari) and community singer (Faiq Hussein). This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please visit M State Office of Diversity and Inclusion website at or see attached poster for full details.

A member of the Minnesota State system and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity College. Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Disability Services at 218.299.6882 or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 218.299.6506 at least 3 days prior to the event. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling the above numbers or MRS/TTY 800-627-3529.


Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Training
April 7 & 14, 2017
M State - Moorhead Campus

M State Moorhead Faculty & Staff have the opportunity to participate in a free Trauma-Sensitive Schools training. The Healthy Campus Coalition and Partnership for Success Grant are sponsors of this training.

Being Trauma Informed: What it means
Integrating trauma sensitivity into the educational system constitutes a paradigm shift but with minimal costs. The information on how brain development is altered because of early childhood insecurities has stunning implications for school policies and teaching techniques. It counters most of the assumptions about misbehaviors all of us heard in our respective childhoods and throughout our professional education. Despite these challenges to our understandings, becoming a trauma informed school affords significant benefits to staff and students. These modules will cover how to be a Trauma Sensitive School and Teach with a Trauma lens to support students.

Trauma-informed education practice is not a new "program" or "curriculum"; it does not require more time, but rather a change in perspective. It applies the trauma lens to everyday practice and weaves trauma perspective into what educators already do. This is about implementing an adaptable, universal framework for addressing trauma-related challenges.

Meet the Trainers:
Laura Sokolofsky, M.Ed. is the Jefferson Elementary School Counselor in Fargo and a Trauma Sensitive School trainer. Laura is an adjunct instructor for MSUM counseling graduate students, and a Love and Logic trainer. Her work centers on understanding behavior and helping to support children and the adults in their lives to help them grow in skills and success.

Amy Riccio, LSW MS has worked for Fargo Public Schools for the past 24 years as a school social worker in a variety of settings serving students kindergarten through 12th grades. She is a Trauma Sensitive Schools Trainer and has a passion for bringing awareness to educators and community members regarding trauma and its impact on learning. As a school social worker, Amy works with the student and family to better understand circumstances affecting the family and to overcome barriers that impede their success.

The training includes completing six modules, taught during two 4-hour sessions on April 7, from 12:30-4:30PM and April 14, from 8:30AM-12:30PM. The modules build upon one another so attendance at both days is required.

Module 1: Introduction to Childhood Trauma
- Defining traumatic stress and examining traumatic stress reactions
Module 2: Neurobiology of Trauma & Enhancing Resilience
- Basic overview of how trauma impacts brain development and learning and a review of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
Module 3: Trauma-Sensitive Strategies
- Increasing psychological safety, trauma screening and focusing on strengths
Module 4: Trauma-Sensitive Strategies
- Enhancing coping skills, engaging families and making mental health referrals
Module 5: Taking Care of You and Creating a Trauma-Informed School Culture
- Understanding secondary traumatic stress and strategies for supporting staff and what to do next after this training.
Module 6: Creating a Trauma-Informed Culture
- What to do after this training and how to support a trauma informed approach

Please RSVP to Ellie Parker by March 24 to save your spot: / 218.299.6634


Critical Conversations Diversity Conference

Critical Conversations Diversity Conference
April 10-12, 2017
North Dakota State University, Fargo

NDSU will be hosting a Critical Conversations Diversity Conference on Monday to Wednesday, April 10-12, 2017. This year's conference will focus on three topics: "The Dakota Access Pipeline"; "Poverty, Adversity and Race"; and "Unifying Our Voices". "Critical Conversations" was created to further understand the various issues surrounding race and diversity, provide a venue for "voices" to be heard, and to determine our roles and responsibilities in creating positive social change. We realize that these conversations can be difficult as there are many perspectives, privileges, and needs we all possess. At the same time, the organizers believe that it is imperative to have these conversations (in as many places as possible) to begin the transformational process of individual understanding, growth, and our ability to create change. The organizers of, "Critical Conversations" acknowledge the complexity and multitude of diversity issues and that we do not have all the answers. To guide us along our journey, we invited three well-known speakers that offer their own unique perspectives on various issues surrounding diversity. The speakers will challenge us to think more broadly while helping us to commit to lifelong learning and activism. To learn more, please visit


Southwest Minnesota Human Rights Conference

Southwest Minnesota Human Rights Conferences: Addressing Stereotyping, Discrimination, and Other Societal Challenges
April 11-12, 2017
Southwest Minnesota State University

The 2017 Southwest Minnesota Human Rights Conference will be held on April 11-12 at Southwest Minnesota State University: Upper Conference Center. This is a free conference and open to the community. No registration is required. For more information, please see attached posters or contact Shelby Horner at or (507) 532-2221.


5th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference

5th Annual Women's Leadership Conference
April 13-15, 2017
Pikesville, Maryland

JV Educational Consultants Conference Executive Directors cordially invite you to attend the 5th Annual Women's Leadership Conference which will convene during April 13-15, 2017 at the Doubletree Baltimore North Hotel in Pikesville, Maryland. This year's theme is "Breaking the Glass Ceiling and Beyond with Determination, Drive, Grace, and Integrity." Among featured presenters and speakers are Dr. Janice Davis, Coordinator of Field Education and Assistant Professor of Social Worker at Howard University, Dr. Sabrina Jackson, Author and World Renown Public Speaker from Detroit, Michigan, and Dia Yang, Academic Advisor/Recruitment and Retention Specialist at Winona State University. For workshop proposal, please see attached file.


Understanding & Responding to Mass Incarceration

Understanding & Responding to Mass Incarceration
April 14, 2017
Metropolitan State University

On April 14, 2017, Metropolitan State University will host their 4th Annual Conference on Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration. We are pleased to feature two guest keynote speakers--Dr. Reba Peoples, M.D. and Antony Stately, Ph.D.--to address this year's theme, The Role of Trauma, Pathways to Healing.

In the morning, Dr. Peoples will address the topic, Tools For Transcendence: Why Resilience in the Face of Trauma Isn't Enough. Our lunch keynote speaker, Dr. Stately will address the topic, Kill the Indian, Jail the Man: Historical Trauma, Colonization, Micro-aggressions and the Prison Pipeline for Native American Men, Women and Children.

After each keynote presentation, all attendees will have the opportunity to attend several break-out sessions. These sessions are a dynamic range of discussions exploring specific dimensions of mass incarceration and will connect participants to leaders and networks taking action for change. Lunch will be provided and is a great time for discussion and networking. The conference is free and open to Minnesota State system students and employees. See attached poster for more details.


LGBTQ Scholars of Color National Conference

LGBTQ Scholars of Color National Conference
April 14-15, 2017
New York City

Building off our first national conference in 2015, the LGBTQSOC Network will gather a national group of LGBTQ people of color involved in research, evaluation, and scholarship. Our purpose is to build a vibrant network of LGBTQ Scholars of Color and to foster a pipeline for emerging LGBTQ Scholars of Color. Participants will have opportunities to be mentored by senior scholars, to meet other LGBTQ scholars of color from all over the country, and to gain skill sets in various areas (e.g., advanced methodological approaches, grant writing, navigating the tenure process, etc.). Participation at the LGBTQ Scholars of Color Conference is limited. We will review and select participants based on your submission. So, please be sure to complete the registration carefully. If you are selected to participate in the conference, you will receive a confirmation of your registration with additional information and logistics details. The applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis. The first deadline for the first round of submission is January 9, 2017. First round of accepted applicants will be announced shortly after. Accepted applicants will have an opportunity to submit an abstract for presentation (poster or oral) at the conference. Accepted applicants will also be eligible to participate in the Speed Mentoring Event where you will have the opportunity to speak to a senior scholar, evaluator, or funder. The Speed Mentoring will take place on Saturday, April 15. To learn more, please see attached file.


6th Annual Higher Education Leadership Conference

6th Annual Higher Education Leadership Conference
April 21, 2017
Saint Cloud State University

Join professional development opportunities such as workshops and conferences in your field of study. Connect with others in the field to share ideas, stories and knowledge. Keep pace with the latest trends and needs of students and employees. Registration is now open for the 6th annual Spring Leadership Institute April 21, 2017 at St. Cloud State University. To learn more, see attached file or visit


National Conference on Race and Ethnicity

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity
May 30 - June 3, 2017
Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas

The 2017 NCORE will be held on Tuesday to Saturday, May 30 - June 3, 2017 at the Forth Work Convention Center. The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) is a dynamic annual conference held over five days that builds a community of inclusion; it is a place for building skills, alliances, and knowledge about issues of race and ethnicity in higher education.
The 2017 NCORE will kick off with Pre-Conference Institutes the morning of Tuesday, May 30th. Breakout sessions begin the morning of Wednesday, May 31st. Plan on enjoying conference sessions and visiting our exhibit hall from the mornings through late afternoon each day. Evenings will have films, featured performances, panels and other events. To learn more, please visit


2017 Annual Conference: The Space Traders – Intersections of Race, Politics and Education

2017 Annual Conference: The Space Traders - Intersections of Race, Politics and Education
May 31 - June 2, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) is an interdisciplinary consortium of experts who recognize global implications of race and education for minoritized people. Through scholarship, we identify and expose inequities for the ultimate eradication of white supremacy. As a community, we are committed to (1) countering and combating systemic and structural racism with scholarship and praxis, (2) recognizing the multiple locations of oppression and the myriad manifestations and effects of their intersections and (3) co-constructing liberating knowledge that facilitates collective agency to transform schools and communities. With this mission, the annual Critical Race Studies in Education (CRSEA) conference brings together scholars, activists, educators, students and community members who use critical race studies as a tool to frame, examine, document, understand and transform racial inequalities in education and in the broader society. To learn more, please visit


New Leadership Development Institute

New Leadership Development Institute
May 17-21, 2017

Do you know a woman who cares deeply about serving her community and deserves the opportunity to have her leadership interest recognized, mentored, and inspired? Encourage her to apply. Whether or not you view yourself as a leader now, if you desire to create positive change in your community, you should apply! Application deadline is March 17th.

Empowering a new generation of women leaders, this intensive 5-day residential program will be held at Minnesota State University Moorhead on May 17-21, 2017, and there is no cost for participation and possible scholarships for childcare and travel (limited to 40 participants). To learn more, please see attached poster or visit

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