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Compiled by Lila Kelly, 651-983-4489, lila@lilakelly.com.

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

This Diversity Discussion Group has been facilitated by Lila Kelly for over 13 years and is co-sponsored by Human Resources Professionals of Minnesota (HRP-MN) and the Association for Talent and Development (ATD-GTC). Meetings are monthly and always the second Friday of the month, 8:30-10:00a.m. Details about these meetings can be viewed at:  lilakelly.com/diversity-discussion-group-report-2/.

Location: Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., Minneapolis. Phone: 612-821-2300.  www.sabathani.org/contact_us.aspx
. 3rd floor, Conference Center, Room D1. Watch for signs or ask the receptionist on the first floor. Note: At this location, we can bring our own beverages and food into the room.

Directions: Two blocks east of Hwy 35 on E. 38th Street at 3rd Avenue South. Take either the 35th/36th St. or 46th St. exit and go east. The building is accessible. Parking: Free off-street parking is on the east side of the building. Street parking also.

The format of these meetings is a facilitated discussion about diversity. Attendees discuss, share experiences and upcoming events, and offer advice related to diversity issues in our workplaces and personal lives.


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. Minneapolis Convention Center. For information, visit www.mlkbreakfast.org.

Teatro del Pueblo’s Annual Political Theatre Festival

Teatro is committed to spreading cultural diversity in the arts. Performances throughout the year. http://teatrodelpueblo.org/public-performances

March - April

Forum on Workplace Inclusion

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. See https://www.stthomas.edu/workplaceforum/

International Women’s Day Celebration

March events for International Women's Week. Celebrates the diversity of Minnesota women and offers educational programs that increase understanding and tolerance of the different backgrounds of women living in our community.

Festival of Nations

April-May, 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. www.festivalofnations.com.

May - June

Cinco De Mayo

Full day celebration on the West side of St. Paul. 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. http://www.cincodemayosaintpaul.com/

GLBT Pride Festival

Twin Cities Pride brings the greater GLBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality. This event is open and inviting to everyone in the community. The Twin Cities Pride Celebration is scheduled a weekend in June. Located in Minneapolis' Loring Park. Featuring stages of live entertainment, food courts, fireworks, and a Family & Children's area, the Pride Festival is one of the largest Pride events in the United States. For details see www.tcpride.org.


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