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The Bismarck Human Relations committee, Bismarck State College, United Tribes TechnicalCollege and the University of Mary will kick-off “Diversity University”, a series of thought-provoking presentations and interactive discussions designed to engage and inform, beginning Thursday, Sept. 10. The events are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Please note that each event takes place at one of four different locations throughout the community.
DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION7 p.m. Thursday, September 10National Energy Center of Excellence Auditorium, Bismarck State CollegeThe cultural landscape has changed with the recent Supreme Court ruling. Come to learn about the bearing of the ruling on the community. Discussing how discrimination exists in communities and what we can do together to eliminate discriminatory barriers will be Jennifer Cook of the American Civil Liberties Union.
CULTURAL HERITAGE DIVERSITY CELEBRATION7 p.m. Thursday, September 17North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, North Dakota Capitol Grounds This local celebration of cultures will include food tasting, dancing and music from new and established cultures and ethnicities living in the Bismarck area. Please join us for this jubilant celebration of cultures! Taking part in the celebration is the Asian Gourmet Market, La Tejana Mexican Market, Sons of Norway, Bismarck Mandan Latin Dance Club and more!
HOSPITALITY IN BISMARCK7 p.m. Thursday, September 24University of Mary, Gary Tharaldson School of BusinessJacyln Hall, Ruth Meiers Hospitality House; Carrie Grosz of Carrie’s Kids and Sr. Kathleen Atkinson, Ministry on the Margins, will lead a discussion on homelessness in the Bismarck/Mandan area. They will discuss what services are available and what each agency is doing to address the homeless in our communities. You are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry.
INTERACTIVE BULLYING PREVENTION6:30 pm, Thursday, Oct 1United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Dr., Bismarck United Tribes Technical College has engaged nationally known speaker, Devyn Rush, who was bullied as a child and who is now a singer and song writer who appeared on American Idol. She has an inspiring message and will provide an empowering talk designed to give youth tools to stamp out that voice in their head that tells them they are not good enough. The event will begin at 6:30 pm with a Community Assembly and mini-concert. October Is National Stop Bullying Month and Stop Bullying Week is Oct 11 – 17.
The mission of the Human Relations Committee is to protect and promote the personal dignity of all Bismarck citizens and to eliminate any discriminatory barriers that prevent them from reaching their full human potential.