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Open to the public, Feb. 13: Tadd M. Johnson discusses equity status of Native American community

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Tadd M. Johnson

Tadd M. Johnson speaks at an event open to the public and presented in the master’s level Topics in Advocacy (MAPL 668) course. The event begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Saint Paul Campus library, room 306. Johnson directs the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program at University of Minnesota Duluth and is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Bois Forte Band.

Johnson plans to discuss the equity status of the Native American community, particularly as seen though the lens of tribal sovereignty. Changes in sovereignty practices have complicated the discussion of which government has primary responsibility for encouraging equity.

A 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Johnson is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, federal court and tribal court. In his career, he has served as a tribal administrator, a tribal attorney, a tribal court judge and has taught numerous courses on Federal Indian Law and American Indian History.

From 1990–1995 he served as counsel and staff director to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in the Office of Indian Affairs and the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. During the Clinton Administration, Johnson was appointed by the president to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission.

This is the fourth event in a speaker series presented in the course taught by Wy Spano, program director for the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) Program in the College of Management. MAPL 668, Topics in Advocacy is an elective in the MAPL program, offered every other semester with the subject matter and focus selected by vote of MAPL students. This semester the focus is equity, with leaders from various communities addressing the subject for their group.

Open to the public: Lori Sturdevant discusses Minnesota women’s search for equity

Lori Sturdevant, editorial writer and columnist at the Star Tribune, and Phil Duran, legal director of OutFront Minnesota, are the guest speakers in a series of talks open to the public and presented in the master’s level Topics in Advocacy (MAPL 668) course.

Lori will begin the discussion at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Saint Paul Campus library, room 306 with a talk about the history of the search for equity by Minnesota women and will be framed around her recent book, Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement, about Minnesota’s first female Supreme Court Justice.

OutFront Minnesota Legal Director Phil Duran.
OutFront Minnesota Legal Director Phil Duran.

At 10:30 a.m., Phil will discuss equity as it pertains to the LBGTQ community.

The event is the third in the speaker series presented in the course taught by Wy Spano, program director for the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership Program in the College of Management. MAPL 668, Topics in Advocacy is an elective in the MAPL program, offered every other semester with the subject matter and focus selected by vote of MAPL students. For this semester the focus is Equity with leaders from various communities addressing the subject for their group.

Open to the public: Dr. Colleen Wieck to speak on equity and the developmentally disabled community

Equity as it pertains to the developmentally disabled community will be the subject of a class discussion that will feature Dr. Colleen Wieck, executive director of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, 9 a.m. Jan. 23, in the Saint Paul Campus library, room 306.

The event is the second in a speaker series open to the public and presented in the master’s level Topics in Advocacy (MAPL 668) course taught by Wy Spano, program director for the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership Program in the College of Management.

Open to the public: 2014 Alumnus of the Year Gary Cunningham addresses “The State of Equity”

What is meant by equity and how it can be achieved? Gary Cunningham, Metropolitan State’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year, will address “The State of Equity” in a speaker series open to the public and presented through the MAPL (Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership) Program in the College of Management.

The presentation is the first in a series that will be open to the Metropolitan State community over the course of the spring semester in the master’s level Topics in Advocacy (MAPL 668) course taught by Wy Spano, MAPL Program Director.

Cunningham is president and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, which supports entrepreneurs of color. He will speak from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 16 at Metropolitan State University on the Saint Paul Campus, room 306. Cunningham will address Minnesota’s African-American community specifically to help us understand the state of equity in that community.

“The news these days is often about equity, whether various groups have a fighting chance,” Spano says.  “Equity is core to the discussion Black Lives Matter is having with the community.  Equity—economic, racial, or gender-based—is being debated everywhere.

“The topic for this course was selected by our students who are studying how to become effective advocates for the causes and organization in which they believe.”

Attendees from the Metropolitan State community are welcome but discussion is limited, time permitting.

Dr. Colleen Wieck
Dr. Colleen Wieck, executive director of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Equity as it pertains to the developmentally disabled community will be the subject of the next class discussion which will feature Dr. Colleen Wieck, executive director of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, 9 a.m. Jan. 23, in the library, room 306.

For the past five years Cunningham has been a member of the Metropolitan Council, appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton, where he has led the council’s examination of equity in housing for minorities and the poor.