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Diversity and Inclusion Events

Compiled by Lila Kelly, 651-983-4489,

Please e-mail Lila with any additions you may have.

Dates and times are subject to change. Check Website or contact for exact details.

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Monthly Events

HRP-MN Diversity Discussion Group

Diversity discussion group that meets the second Friday of each month, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Attendees discuss diversity-related topics, questions, suggestions, and resources. Sponsored by HRP-MN and ASTD-TCC. Free and open to the public. Location: Black Bear Crossings Coffee House, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul (at the Pavilion on Como Lake). Contact Lila Kelly at 651-983-4489 or


Annual Events

Cultural events for fun experiences, to learn about diversity, and/or as networking opportunities for your business.


Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast

Middle of January, 7:30 a.m. Minneapolis Convention Center. Sponsored by the General Mills Foundation and the United Negro College Fund. Tickets first come, first served. Tickets $30. For information, visit

Teatro del Pueblo’s Annual Political Theatre Festival

The festival will be held in late February and is held at Intermedia Arts on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. Teatro is bringing politics and the art world together in the hopes of creating a venue where new knowledge promotes intellectual growth and social change, the Political Theatre Festival features one-acts that explore the Latino experience in various parts of the world. The festival is co-presented with Resource Center of the Americas and Intermedia Arts. Call Intermedia Arts at 612-871-4444 for information and ticket reservations.

March - April

Annual Multicultural Forum

Held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Sponsored by the University of St. Thomas College of Business and the Twin Cities chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Local and nationally known keynote speakers with many breakout sessions. Vendor exhibits and a career fair are included. Cost includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments. See for more information.

Annual International Women’s Day Celebration

Around second weekend in March. Full-day event. Keynote speaker and multiple other events throughout the day. A celebration of the diversity of Minnesota women and an educational program that increases understanding and tolerance of the different backgrounds of women living in our community. Focus is on the following areas of concern for the advancement of women articulated by the United Nations: Women and Armed Conflict, Education and Training of Women, Women and Health, Violence Against Women, Women in Power and Decision-Making, Women's Human Rights, and many more. Location: Coffman Union, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis., click on women’s programs, then International Women’s Day, or contact Mary Hunt at the Women's Program at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights,, or call 612-341-3302, ext. 107.

Festival of Nations

April, RiverCentre, Downtown St. Paul, MN
The Festival of Nations is one of the nation's largest and longest-running multi-ethnic events. It showcases Minnesota's ethnic diversity, celebrates ethnic traditions and encourages ethnic understanding. Shop the International Bazaar, Marvel at the Folk Artisans, Dine in Ethnic Cafés, Enjoy Continuous Cultural Entertainment, and Visit Creative Cultural Exhibits.

May - June

Cinco De Mayo

The fifth of May is an important patriotic holiday for Hispanics in the United States. On this day in 1862, the Mexicans defeated a substantially larger French army at the Battle of Puebla.

GLBT Pride Festival

GLBT Pride/Twin Cities, the organizer of the Twin Cities Pride Celebration, is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. The Mission of GLBT Pride/Twin Cities is to commemorate and celebrate our diverse heritage, to inspire the achievement of equality and challenge discrimination. Scheduled the last weekend in June. Located in Minneapolis' Loring Park. Festival open on Saturday from 10am until 10pm and on Sunday from noon to 8pm. Featuring three stages of all-live entertainment, three food courts, fireworks, history pavilion and a Family & Children's area, the Pride Festival is one of the largest Pride events in the United States. For details of the many attractions and activities at the Pride Festival, check

November - December

Human Rights Day Conference

Early December, 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., St. Paul RiverCentre. Nationally-known keynote speaker plus other presenters. $150. For registration or more information, visit, or call 651-296-5996.

Black Nativity

The show runs from middle to end of December. Every December for many years, Penumbra Theatre Company of St. Paul has produced "Black Nativity." It is a gospel-style re-telling of the Christmas story in song and dance. For further information, visit


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