Decorah Human Rights Commission hosts Spotlight on Diversity Series to raise awareness about human rights issues
Monday, April 14, 2014 1:57 PM
The Decorah Human Rights Commission is hosting a Spotlight on Diversity Series.
The first Spotlight -- Focus on Disabilities -- is Saturday, April 26, from 10-11:30 a.m. The event is hosted at the Spectrum Network, 607 Washington St., Decorah.
Continental breakfast will be served.
This community-wide event is free and open to the public. The program includes information about services for people with disabilities in Decorah and a short film on disability rights, followed by a discussion on how to support and fully include people with disabilities in our community.
The program ends with an activity designed to explore different disabilities and raise awareness about how Decorah residents can advocates for supporting and respecting individuals with disabilities.
Caregivers, family members, persons with disabilities, advocates, and community members are invited to work together for universal access for Decorah residents with disabilities.
“We will imagine what Decorah would look like if persons with disabilities were included in every aspect of our life together,” said Sheila Radford-Hill, Chair of the Human Rights Commission. Lindsey Row-Heyveld, a professor in the English Department at Luther and a disability rights advocate will lead a discussion on ways to make Decorah even more welcoming to persons with disabilities.
The other spotlights in the series are:
· Spotlight: Focus on Racial Profiling and Immigration Detention—May 10, at City Hall.
· Spotlight: Focus on Employment Discrimination affecting Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered individuals—June 7, at the Decorah Public Library.
“Part of being a welcoming community is to be educated about human rights issues as they affect our nation and our town,” said Wayne Tutor, vice-chair of the Decorah Human Rights Commission.
“The Spotlight series promotes the mission of the Decorah Human Rights Commission,” said Matt Tapscott, secretary to the Commission. “Our goal is to increase community awareness and appreciation of human diversity through educational programs, and to investigate alleged claims of discriminatory practices and provide appropriate remedies where discrimination has been found to exist.”