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October 21, 2008
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations 218 726-8830
Joie Acheson Lee, Assistant Director, Student Activities & Leadership Development (218) 726-8740

UMD to Host Student Leadership Conference
Public Invited

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), in collaboration with University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS), will host a Student Leadership Conference entitled "Bridging Universities: Bringing Together People and Communities," on Monday October 27, at 4:00-7:30 p.m. in the UMD Kirby Student Center Ballroom.

The event is free and the public is welcome.

The keynote will be provided by Tim Wise, the author of "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son." In his speech Wise will offer a personal examination of the ways in which racial privilege shapes the lives of most white Americans. The presentation will offer information for activists, educators, or anyone interested in understanding the way that race continues to shape the experiences of people in the U.S.

The conference continues with discussions led by Duluth Mayor Don Ness and speakers from UMD and UWS campuses on the following topics: Student Leadership, Diversity on Campus, Civic Engagement, Women in Leadership, Ethical Leadership and Bridging Town and Gown.

The conference is sponsored by UMD Kirby Leadership Institute, the UMD Diversity Commission and UWS Leadership Program.


4 p.m. Welcome by Randy Hyman, Vice Chancellor for UMD Academic Support and Student Life and Julius Ehrlenbach, Chancellor, UWS

4-5 p.m. Keynote: Tim Wise, The keynote will be provided by Tim Wise, the author of "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son."

Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Student Leadership

5 p.m. Refreshments (provided)

5:30-6:30 p.m. Session One Conversations

  • Mayor Ness: From Student Leadership to Civic Engagement
  • Bridget Markwood: Ethical Leadership
  • Susana Pelayo-Woodward: The Color of Fear showing and discussion of the film by Victor Lewis

6:30-7:30 p.m. Session Two Conversations

  • Jane Birkholz and Janet Hanson: Women in Leadership
  • UMD Student Panel: Appreciating Difference on Campus
  • Casey LaCore: Bridging Town and Gown: A Model of Civic Engagement

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