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December: Human Rights Symposium

2017 Human Rights Symposium

Thanks to all who attended the 2017 Human Rights Symposium Dec. 12 & 13 in St. Paul. This year’s symposium offered two-full days of programming at RiverCentre, Saint Paul.

Throughout 2017, MDHR celebrated its 50th anniversary under the theme ‘Creating a More Perfect Union’.  The Symposium set out to explore ideas and best practices related to creating a more inclusive Minnesota for all. 

The Symposium’s first day focused on local communities and include programming for educators, local human rights commissions, advocacy groups, human rights professionals, law enforcement, community leadership, human resource professionals, attorneys, employers and more. The Day 1 keynote featured Duke Law Professor Jane Wettach discussing her innovative research on suspensions and expulsions. 

The Symposium’s second day focused on tackling larger issues highlighted by Dr. Algernon Austin’s Keynote presentation in which he provided his unique perspective on this year’s symposium theme “Creating a More Perfect Union”. 

To request an ADA accommodation, please contact Communications Specialist Emily Zimmer at 651.539.1109 or at least four business days in advance.

Additionally, the symposium offered more than 25 sessions per day to choose from in the following areas:


Day 1 

  • Employment: Best Practices
  • Emerging Issues and Implicit Bias
  • Public Policy & Civic Engagement
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Development & Housing
  • Education
To view presenters' PowerPoints or handouts, please click here to access DropBox

Day 2

  • Emerging Issues
  • Public & Civic Engagement
  • Employment
  • Economic Development & Housing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disability
To access to presenters' PowerPoint or handouts, please click here to DropBox

The Human Rights symposium will include breakout sessions, extended networking activities and will focus on key issues such as:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Strategies
  • Police and Community Relations
  • 21st Century Policing
  • Civic Engagement
  • Disability and Employment
  • Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
  • Equal Pay and Wage Equity
  • MDHR Case Studies in Enforcement

**Please click here to find out the presenters and sessions for each track.

 Registration is closed.

2017 Human Rights Symposium Program

2017_Symposium Program

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