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Disabilities and racism conference scheduled Thursday in Marshall

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MARSHALL -- A statewide conference that will highlight parallels between disability and racism issues will be March 22 in Marshall.

It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the lower ballroom of the Conference Center at Southwest Minnesota State University.

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Sponsored by the Southwestern Center for Independent Living, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Disability Services and Access, Opportunity, Success, the conference theme is "Inclusion of Diverse Communities: Conversations on Racism, Disabilities and Where We Are Today."

Four speakers will give presentations during the day. They include Mahmoud El-Kati, professor emeritus of history at Macalester College, St. Paul; Renee Hogoboom, the associate director of the Diversity and Equity division of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system; Scott Goings, assistant general counsel for MnSCU; and Sedric McClure, a multicultural counselor in the Academic Excellence Center at Macalester College.

There is no charge or advance registration required. A light lunch will be served, first-come, first-served, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Parking passes are not required in Lots A and B. The event is smoke- and fragrance-free. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be made to Pam Ekstrom at 507-537-7672.

For more information, contact Ted Stamp at 507-532-2221 or ted@swcil.com.

Staff reports

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