MRM Diversity Digest
May 1, 2018
“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.
Welcome to Issue 15 of the Diversity Digest, brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports—as well as some resources to explore on your own. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit timely events. Remember to check out our new shareable calendar for all events: DEI Digest
MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) meets the third Tuesday of every month, at the Jefferson Campus. Our next gathering is May 22 at 6:00 PM. All are welcome! Please email email@example.com for more info.
On Your Own
100 Race Conscious Things You Can Say to your Child to Advance Racial Justice. The DEI Committee discussed this resource at our April meeting and wanted to share it with the broader community. What is the age-appropriate time to discuss these topics with our children? For some of our families, our lived experience makes discussing these themes absolutely necessary at a very early age. Let us know what you think about dedicating a future Diversity Forum to this important topic.
Around the Twin Ports
Tuesday, May 1. 7:30 PM. UWS Steel Drums Concert 2018. University of Wisconsin-Superior Thorpe-Langley Auditorium, 1710 Weeks Ave, Superior 54880. The University of Wisconsin-Superior Music Department hosts its ninth annual steel drums concert. The show will feature Caribbean music from Trinidad and hand drumming from Africa and Latin America. The Korean samul nori drums and gongs will be played for the first time in conjunction with this ensemble. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for students.
Thursday, May 3. 4:30 to 6:00 PM. Kids Speak Out! Washington Community Recreation Center, 310 N 1st Ave West, Duluth 55806. You are invited to 'Kids Speak Out!'--a collaboration between students from across Duluth highlighting student leadership on real issues. During this event, youth will speak on issues that are important to them such as school curriculum, food access, outdoor spaces, summer opportunities, etc. There will be a showcase of student poetry, art, dance, student speakers and student research projects. Food will be provided by Martha's Daughter restaurant. Please join us! Partners: Neighborhood Youth Services, Kids' Kitchen, Family Freedom Center, Valley Youth Center and the Little Y at Harbor Highlands (Duluth YMCA).
Sunday, May 6. 12:00 to 8:00 PM. Honoring Our Students Spring Powwow. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College 2101 14th St, Cloquet 55720. Join the students and employees at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for the Annual Ziigwan Niimi'idiwin Honoring Our Students Spring Powwow in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center Gymnasium on campus. Grand Entries are at Noon and 6:00 p.m., with a traditional feast served between 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Featuring Men's Grass Dance Special, Women's Jingle Dress Special, Hand Drum Competition, Moccasin Games, and a Ribbon Shirt & Skirt Show. For more information, call Jeremy Wilson at 218-879-0864 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to everyone, no admission fee required. This event is organized and sponsored by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Anishinaabe Student Council and Student Life Program. Kid friendly.
Monday, May 7. 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Concert featuring Karla Lara and José Antonio Velásquez
Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), 202 W 2nd St, Duluth 55802. Witness for Peace Midwest is excited to host Karla Lara, a well-known feminist singer and organizer from the Honduran resistance, and virtuoso jazz musician, pianist and composer José Antonio Velásquez. Their songs will address the struggle for justice, the legacy of Berta Cáceres, the struggle for territorial autonomy, and the fight against the extractive model of development. The event is free and open to all, although any donations will be gratefully accepted.
*Tuesday, May 8. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. ARE Youth Spoken Word Open Mic. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. The ARE Youth Spoken Word OPEN MIC is a FREE platform for all Twin Ports youths to sharpen their performance skills while having fun with the community at large. It is organized by ARE and seeks to transcend the culture of spoken word in the Twin Ports for all. Ages 13 to 19 get first dibs. Contact Daniel O., email@example.com, (952) 201 7352.
Saturday, May 12. 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Contemporary Woodland Applique Techniques. AICHO's Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. 2nd Street in Duluth. Join us as we take a look at the unique history and designs used in the Great Lakes Indigenous cultural arts. AICHO will host presenters Delina White, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Joy Campaigne, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, will present a photographic journey of their year-long mentorship; "The Importance of Sharing Inter-generational Cultural and Traditional Knowledge through Art." The audience will learn about the process of contemporary applique on clothing based on traditional exploration of the art history of the Great Lakes Indigenous Culture. Included will be a discussion on how Native people designed unique expressions by combining fabrics with natural world elements and trade materials in today's modern environment.
UPDATE: The applique workshop registration is closed. However, we still have an opportunity for people who want to go to the presentation portion of the session - which will occur BEFORE the applique portion. If people are interested in attending the presentation, they can by RSVP and pay $10.00 at the door. This fee will include the lunch. If you are interested, please RSVP with Ivy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Tuesday, May 22. 6:00-8:00 PM. MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting. Jefferson Campus. All are welcome!
Tuesday, May 22. 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Community Dinner and Mental Health Resource Fair featuring comedian, John Moe- HOW I DISCOVERED HOW HILARIOUS DEPRESSION TRULY IS
Denfeld Auditorium, 401 N 44th Ave W, Duluth 55807.
PG-13: Appropriate for parents and older (middle-school) kids, not for small children. John Moe, host and creator of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, explores society’s reluctance to discuss mental illness and what needs to be done about it by tracing his own experiences with depression. That story is sometimes deeply funny, sometimes harrowing, and, more often than you’d think, both at the same time. Moe’s story is open, honest, and hopeful, as it blends in the thoughts of the numerous celebrities he’s interviewed to arrive at a positive and hopeful place. This talk also offers several simple things anyone can do to fight stigma and make the world a healthier place.
Resource Fair- 5-7pm, Meal 5:30pm, John Moe 7pm. This event is Free.
*Tuesday, May 22. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. ARE Youth Spoken Word Open Mic. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. The ARE Youth Spoken Word OPEN MIC is a FREE platform for all Twin Ports youths to sharpen their performance skills while having fun with the community at large. It is organized by ARE and seeks to transcend the culture of spoken word in the Twin Ports for all. Ages 13 to 19 get first dibs. Contact Daniel O., email@example.com, (952) 201 7352.
* Recurring or ongoing events
Planning ahead? Visit the DEI Digest Calendar for updates, corrections and more upcoming events.
Many Rivers Montessori values diversity in every aspect of the school community. It is the policy of MRM not to discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation or disability in the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs and other school-related programs.