2008 Human Rights Day Conference

2008 Conference Workshops

December 5, 2008

Workshop presenters included:

Howard Bolter, Borkon, Ramstead, Mariani, Fishman & Carp, Ltd.; Michael Browne, Minnesota Dept. of Human Rights; Michael Cumiskey, City of Worthington; Margot Imdieke Cross, Minnesota State Council on Disability; Phil Duran, OutFront Minnesota; James K. Finely, Dept. of Employment and Economic Development; John Keller, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota; Randi Lundell, University of Minnesota; Linda Matti, Mayo Clinic; Juan Moreno, University of Minnesota; Cindy Tarshish, ADA Minnesota; Ka Vang, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Session One

  • Emergency Preparedness: Addressing Disability Issues in the Workplace
  • Grant Writing for Human Rights Commissions - two hours
  • Immigration Raids' Impact on Legal Immigrants and Communities
  • Mentally Ill Offenders
  • U.S. Racial Justice Treaty Obligations: Minnesota's Role
  • We are Family -- Developments in Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Couples

Session Two

  • Cases and Conversation: A 2008 Legal Update
  • Class, Race, Poverty, and Public Assistance
  • Eliminating Bias in the Interview and Hiring Process
  • Tips for Successful Human Rights Mediation
  • Tribal Sovereignty: Historical Perspectives and Current Realities

Session Three

  • Cultural Competency in Healthcare
  • Environmental Justice from a Human Rights Perspective
  • Grant Writing for Human Rights Commissions -- two hours (repeat of morning sessions)
  • Q & A with Kweisi Mfume, Keynote
  • Working with Hmong Clients in the Legal Setting
  • Worthington Police/Community Relations

Session Four

  • Building Community in the Midst of Diversity
  • Fair Housing Laws and their Impact on Seniors
  • The ADA and Returning Veterans
  • Underrepresented Students in Higher Education
  • Understanding Cultural Dynamics between African and African American Communities