As a learning environment that fosters socially responsible citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers, Many Rivers Montessori aspires to be a multicultural community with a welcoming spirit.”—Excerpt from MRM’s Diversity Statement, posted in full on the school’s home page.

The Diversity Digest is brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports. Many, but not all, of these listings are child friendly. Use your own judgment to decide what is or is not appropriate for your child. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events.

Access the DEIgest Calendar


MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) generally meets the third Tuesday of every month -- except for February! Our next DEI Committee gathering is March 19 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.


On Your Own

Code Switch | Race and identity, remixed. The U.S. is in the midst of a big demographic shift. Over the next few decades, people of color will compose a majority of the country's population, a transition that's already happened among the nation's youngest residents. Already, race, ethnicity and culture play a starring role in some of the biggest stories unfolding in the news, and that role will only increase as this demographic shift continues. Code Switch covers these matters with the depth, nuance, intelligence and comprehensiveness they deserve.


Around the Twin Ports

Thursday, March 7. 4:00-9:00 PM. International Women’s Day Celebration. University of Minnesota-Duluth Ballroom. Join us for an evening of celebrating women and their achievements with a feminist art gallery, light refreshments, and a few speakers followed by an open mic. The theme for International Women’s Day is Be Bold for Change. Help us honor women who have been bold for change on both local and global levels.

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Sunday, March 10. 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM. Susan Cottrell speaking event. First United Methodist Church (Copper Top), 230 E Skyline Dr, Duluth.  

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Sunday, March 10. 2:00 PM. Susan Cottrell book signing (2:00 PM) and speaking event (3:00 PM). Teatro Theater, 222 E Superior St, Duluth.

Susan Cottrell is a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children. She has been featured on ABC's 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America, on NBC News Out, on The Advocate Magazine’s National Coming Out Day, Mother's Day, and other viral videos - as "our favorite affirming matriarch." She is an international speaker, a public theologian, author, and consultant. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQI community and families with her authenticity and tender-hearted zeal. Her books include “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith; True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You; and Radically Included - The Biblical Case for Radical Love and Inclusion. These events are free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, March 20. 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Elizabeth Parks presents on Authentic Listening Across Cultural Difference. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Library Rotunda, 4th Floor.

Elizabeth S. Parks is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the Assistant Director of the Center for Public Deliberation, both at Colorado State University. A research affiliate with the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, her research and teaching blends social scientific and humanistic methods to better understand how we can improve ethical listening with people who are different than ourselves. Her first book, "The Ethics of Listening: Creating Space for Sustainable Dialogue," was published in late 2018.

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Thursday, March 21 (7:30 PM) - Saturday, March 23. What She Said: One Act Festival. Underground Theater. The celebration of original one-acts returns for its third year! Written by women all over the world and directed by women from across the Twin Ports, this series of short plays highlights women voices and everything they have to say.

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Thursday, March 21. 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Film: A Journey of a Thousand Miles | Peacekeepers

University of Minnesota - Duluth, Montague Hall 80, 1211 Ordean Ct. Peacekeepers Embark on a risky year-long UN peacekeeping mission into earthquake-ravaged Haiti with an all-female Bangladeshi police unit. Leaving their families behind, these police officers shatter stereotypes as they rise in the name of building peace.

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Saturday, March 23. 5:00-8:00 PM. Hmong Heritage Night. Hope United Methodist Church, 301 W St. Marie St., Duluth. Hmong Heritage Night Ticket Information: $7 for advance $9 at the door Come join Hmong Living in Unity and Balance (HLUB) for a night of appreciation and reflection as we celebrate the Hmong culture! There will be food served as well as performances and a fashion show!

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Tuesday, March 26. 6:00 PM. Commander John Herrington. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Commander Herrington is the first member of a federally recognized tribe (Chickasaw) to travel to space. Herrington’s historic mission to the International Space Station was the culmination of years of experience and training with men and women with diverse cultural and technical backgrounds, and provided him with a unique perspective that he enjoys sharing with audiences worldwide. Part of the UWS Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.

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Tuesday, March 26 7:30-9:30 PM. Stand Up For Peace. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica.  Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah are humorists and comedians from New York City, each with an impressive career of his own. Blakeman is a Jew, and Obeidallah an Arab, the son of a Palestinian father. Both men aim to build bridges, promote tolerance and encourage conflict resolution among Jews, Muslims, Arabs and people of all backgrounds and religions. They’ll come together on the Mitchell stage with a performance that reflects their philosophy that “if we can laugh together, we can live together.”

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Wednesday, March 27. 6:00-7:30 PM. RBG. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Chemistry 200. This documentary, explores the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It will be followed with a discussion led by a representative from NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota.

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Thursday, March 28. 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Panel: Peace, Resistance and Nonviolence. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Griggs Center. Peace, Resistance and Nonviolence Panelists Emily Gaarder, Beth Bartlett, and Donna Howard As Scholars, activist and teachers the panelist will share their personal reflections, research and experiences.

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Thursday,, March 28. 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Film: Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs. University of Minnesota - Duluth, Montague Hall 80, 1211 Ordean Ct. Discover the story of the Catholic and Protestant women who come together during Northern Ireland’s bloody civil war and fight to ensure that human rights, equality and inclusion shape the historic Good Friday Agreement peace deal.

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April 4. 7:00-9:00 PM. Book launch. Linda Legarde Grover. In the Night of Memory. Zenith Bookstore. In her new novel, Ms. Grover writes about two lost sisters, who find family, and themselves, among the voices of an Ojibwe reservation. Some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history. Linda LeGarde Grover is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.

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Upcoming


Wednesday, April 24. 6:00 PM. Austin Channing Brown. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Author: I'm Still Here | Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Final event in the UWS 2019 Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.


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