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Diversity Training Sessions 2017

Diversity Training Sessions 2017
March - September 2017

Looking for thoughtful, inspiring webinars, workshops and training opportunities --- see attached poster for more details.


5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference

5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference
March 19-22, 2017
Minneapolis, MN

Join us in celebrating 10 years of Diversity Abroad at the 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference on March 19 - 22, 2017 in Minneapolis. The annual conference gathers the highest concentration of diversity and multicultural professionals who are dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion within global education, creating a unique collaborative space to address shared goals. The 2017 conference will include sessions of relevance to faculty, administrators, and professionals who work in education abroad, international student & scholar services, diversity & inclusion, student affairs, K-12, and more. To learn more, please visit


Mindfulness & Meditation

Mindfulness & Meditation
March 25, 2017
First Congregational Church, Moorhead

Immerse yourself in a mindfulness meditation to awaken and to experience peace within. Come and practice with Buddhist monks from Minnesota Buddhist Vihara on March 25th for a "Mindfulness and Meditation" session between 9:00am to 3:00pm in the basement at the First Congregational Church (406 8th Street South, Moorhead). See attached poster for more information.


2017 Building Bridges Conference

2017 Building Bridges Conference
March 28-29, 2017
Holiday Inn, Fargo

New people are moving to North Dakota from around the world to find jobs and a better way of life. With them comes broader diversity in religion, race, and belief systems, more complexity in human interactions, and greater need for understanding and intentional welcoming in our communities, state and region. As our communities grow and become more diverse, a strong network of collaborators is needed. Join us at the Building Bridges Conference for timely discussion about strengthening partnerships throughout North Dakota. To learn more, please see attached poster or visit


The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion
March 28-30, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center

Please join us at our three-day annual conference in Minneapolis on March 28-30, 2017 for an experience that focuses on big ideas, interactive discussions and lasting connections. At a time when our communities are experiencing charged dynamics around societal events, political shifts, and racial and religious polarization, it is more important than ever that leaders have the mindsets, skill sets, and tool sets necessary for responsive leadership that drives strategies for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. To learn more, please visit


28th Annual Woodlands & High Plains Powwow - Min Wiconi: Standing Together

28th Annual Woodlands & High Plains Powwow - Mni Wiconi: Standing Together
April 1, 2017
Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, Moorhead

You're cordially invited to attend the 2017 Woodlands and High Plains Powwow hosted by Minnesota State University Moorhead and sponsored by Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Concordia College, and North Dakota State University.

The purpose of the powwow is to honor graduates, celebrate the American Indian culture, and to provide the American Indian student organizations and community with a sense of pride in the rich heritage of American Indian culture.

The 28th Annual Woodlands and High Plains Powwow, Mni Wiconi (Water is Life): Standing Together, will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse (649 17th Street South, Moorhead). Attached file is the SAVE THE DATE poster for your review. For more information, please contact Jody Steile at 218-477-4272 ( or M State Chief Diversity Officer, Brian Xiong, at 218-299-6506 (


Community Connections Conference

Community Connections Conference
April 1, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center

The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department will host the 6th Annual Community Connections Conference: Your Voice, Your City: CommUnity on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis). The conference is designed to showcase and build successful community collaborations between neighborhoods, cultural communities, residents, and the city. To learn more, please visit For conference proposal, see attached file.


6th Minnesota Undergraduate Scholar Conference

6th Minnesota Undergraduate Scholar Conference
April 3, 2017
Winona State University (Kryzsko Commons)

The 6th Minnesota Undergraduate Scholar Conference will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Winona State University. This multi-disciplinary conference highlights the work being done by students and their advisors at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Please encourage your student to submit abstract to this conference. To learn more, please visit

For conference proposal, please visit


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


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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