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2014 Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism

Angela Davis University of Minnesota Duluth
Angela Davis, keynote speaker  

UMD's Diversity Commission presents
Dr. Angela Davis, Author, Educator, and Activist
UMD Ballroom, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 4 pm

Title of Presentation “Education or Incarceration: The Prison Industrial Complex in the 21st Century”

UMD is honored to host Dr. Angela Davis as our featured key note speaker for the 2014 Annual Diversity Commission produced Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism. Dr. Davis was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been an activist, educator and writer for civil rights and other social justice issues her whole life. She is currently a professor of history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Davis believes "... we need schools--schools that don't look like and feel like prisons. One of the reasons many young poor kids end up in prison is that there is a seamless transition from their schools to juvenile hall to prison."

Davis' work as an educator - both at the university level and in the larger public sphere - has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Davis has also conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment.




Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 9 am - 5 pm


Over 500 hundred people have already registered for the Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism. The event offers 60- and 90-minute workshops on equity, diversity and social justice topics during the day and ends with Keynote Speaker Angela Davis at 4 pm.

 “The quality of workshops, documentaries and presentations that will be provided during the summit is phenomenal and they represent such a wide array of diverse topics,” says Chris Davila, the Diversity Commission Chair and program coordinator for Latino/Chicano Student Programs. “It’s an example of how the Diversity Commission continues to be a leader in advancing equity, diversity and social justice in its support of Goal 2 of UMD’s Strategic Plan.”

See the schedule and register. For information contact Chris Davila at or 218-726-8389.

Diversity Fair

Student groups from all areas of the campus who work on diversity issues will present a Diversity Fair in the Kirby Commons, Kiby Lounge, and the Multicultural Center from 11 am to 3 pm on Tuesday, February 25, the day of the summit.

Students Amy Jindra and Jacob Froelich are coordinators for the fair. "The students here work so hard to promote culture and diversity and we wanted a chance for them to really show off what they do." said Jindra, who is a senior education major. "We wanted a way to connect the Duluth community and students who live here and the Diversity Fair accomplishes that."

Froelich, a junior with a double major in organizational management and theatre, agreed. "Students are engaged. They volunteer and they take on service-learning projects. I think the Diversity Fair will show people how much UMD students care. I'm looking for to it."

The Summit on Equity, Diversity and Multiculturalism is sponsored by UMD Diversity Commission, Office of Cultural Diversity, Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Kirby Student Center, and Kirby Leadership Program.

Story by Cheryl Reitan. February, 2014.

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