*Marshall: It Begins With Us Conference

13feb8:00 am4:00 pm*Marshall: It Begins With Us Conference2024 Annual Conference


Southwest Minnesota State University Upper Conference Room

1501 State Street, Marshall MN 56258

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February 13, 2024 8:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

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Experience the stories of your community.

This annual conference is uniquely designed to share the stories and experiences of community members to engage in meaningful conversations centered around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Day 1: Monday, February 12, 1-5 pm, Interactive and immersive Poverty Simulation, led by United Community Action Partnership.

Day 2: Tuesday, February 13, 8 am to 4 pm. Topics include: Poverty, Native American Boarding Schools, and diversity in the community. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Breaking Ice.

Breaking Ice is the award-winning program of Pillsbury House Theatre that for over 20 years has been “breaking the ice” for courageous and productive dialogue around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. A diverse company of professional actors portrays real-life situations that are customized to meet the goals, needs and culture of your unique organization.

Breaking Ice performances blend drama, music, poetry, movement and humor in a series of dynamic scenes to explore how systemic inequities, implicit bias and common misperceptions show up in relationships, creating uncomfortable interactions that inhibit innovation, motivation and productivity in the workplace.

Following the performance, trained Breaking Ice facilitators lead paticipants in a reflective discussion to deepen awareness and cultivate accountability and action.

Breaking Ice creates a safe environment for people to share a unique, highly energized experience that encourages empathy, openness and vulnerability that allows us to see ourselves and others in new ways. Performances illuminate commonplace, unintentional language and behaviors that may be misunderstood or hurtful to colleagues. It opens the door for important dialogue around cultural differences and systemic inequities in a powerful and entertaining way.

Content for the customized, highly specific performances is researched and developed to ensure that the issues that confront your region are incorporated into the show. The trained ensemble of actors spends rehearsals deepening their understanding of your space, industry and issues so that the characters and situations they portray are recognizable and believable.

“Breaking Ice” is grant funded. “This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”

Southwest Minnesota State University, Upper Conference Room, 1501 State Street, Marshall MN 56258

$35 for 1 day or $60 for full conference (2 days). Included lunch on day 2.

Register at: http://bit.ly/begins2024 (click on events) or call 507-537-6760, for more information www.southwestabe.org/it-begins-with-us

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