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Nevertheless, We Persist

Karen Diver
March 7, 2018

UMD hosts Women's History Month celebration with keynote speaker Karen Diver on March 19.

UMD presents a Women’s History Month celebration: Nevertheless, We Persist: Feminist Past and Futures in the Twin Ports. The series, sponsored by the advisory board for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, includes a variety of discussions, films, and keynote speakers to honor and respect women in society.

Karen Diver, (pictured above) the College of St. Scholastica Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence, will present "The Recognition of Women of Color in Today's Feminism" as part of UMD’s Women's History Month celebration. This free event, which is open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. on March 19, 2018, in Kirby Rafters.

About Karen Diver

Karen is a 1987 UMD graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She received her Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2003 and served as chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for nine years, 2007-2016.

In November 2015 she was appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs by President Barack Obama. She became the first woman and first elected tribal leader to serve in this position at the White House. She advised President Obama on issues concerning American Indians and worked with federal agencies on developing policies and consulting with tribes. She stayed on in the position in Washington D.C. until the president’s term ended.

Events for Women's History Month Celebration

Nevertheless, We Persist: Feminist Past and Future in the Twin Ports

Library Display, Red Concourse, Month of March
History of UMD's Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program - Early Years, includes original documents from the UMD Archives.

International Women's Day Celebration, Monday, March 12, 11 am - 2 pm, Kirby Garage, Kirby Student Center

Film: “Free Cece,” Wednesday, March 14, 3:15 - 5:30 pm, Montague Hall 80

International Women’s Celebration, Wednesday, March 14, 5:30-9 pm, UMD Ballroom, Kirby Student Center

Speaker: Ellen Kennedy, Thursday, March 15, 7 pm, UMD Library Rotunda

Combahee River Collective Statement Monday, March 19, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Kirby Plaza 311

Keynote Speaker: Karen Diver, Monday, March 19, 5 pm, UMD Rafters, Kirby Student Center

#ICan'tKeepQuiet Speak Out, Tell Your Story!, Tuesday, March 20, 12 - 1 pm, Kirby Garage, Kirby Student Center

Film: “Dolores,” Wednesday, March 21, 12 pm, UMD Rafters & 6 pm, Montague 80

Panel Discussion: Feminist Pasts and Futures in the Twin Ports, Tuesday, March 27, 12 pm, UMD Library Rotunda

Meet Your Mayor: Emily Larson, Wednesday, March 28, 12 pm, KSC 268, Kirby Student Center

Event sponsors include: the UMD Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UMD Women's Resource and Action Committee, Latinx/Chicanx Student Association, UMD Commission for Women, UMD Facilities Management Office, American Association of University Women, and College of Liberal Arts Change Team.

For more information about these events, contact or 218-726-7953.

About UMD's Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program