Interactive Diversity Club

The Diversity Book Club is a co-curricular activity that seeks to engage students, employees, and community partners in a variety of multimedia activities that promote Hennepin Technical College's learner value of cultural and global awareness.

Spring 2022

Geography of Inequality: Learning about Systemic Racism in MN, Part II

Overview: Using both online and in-person learning, participants learned about the Dakota War of 1862 and the impact that reverberates to this day in Minnesota.

The Dakota Conflict

Watch the documentary film: The Dakota Conflict (56:24), which explores the causes, events and aftermath of the fierce fighting that broke out in 1862 between Minnesota's European settlers and the indigenous people of the state.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kate Beane (Flandreau Santee Dakota and Muskogee Creek)

Watch the video presentation by Dr. Kate Beane (50:45), public historian and executive director for the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Dr. Beane recently worked with her family to champion the cause of restoring the Dakota name Bde Maka Ska [beh-DAY mah-KAH skah] from Lake Calhoun.

Offsite Visit to Hocokata Ti Cultural Center

Participants toured Hocokata Ti [ho-cho-kah-tah-tee] Cultural Center and exhibit, Mdewakanton [Mid-ah-wah-kah-ton]: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake, to gain knowledge and understanding of the Mdewakanton Dakota people and their history.

Diversity Book Club Podcast Series: Kate Beane Interview

Listen to an interview about Kate Beane’s involvement with restoration of the Dakota name Bde Maka Ska (from Lake Calhoun).

Audio interview coming soon.

Diversity Book Club Podcast Series: Hocokata Ti Cultural Center Interview

Listen to an interview thevHocokata Ti Cultural Center and exhibit, Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake.

Audio interview coming soon.

Fall 2021

Geography of Inequality: Learning about Systemic Racism in MN, Part I

Overview: Using both online and in-person learning, participants learned about racial disparities in Minneapolis based on racial covenants and redlining practices in housing.

Jim Crow of the North

Watch the documentary film: Jim Crow of the North (57:36), which details the prevalence of racial covenants in Minneapolis.

Guest Speaker: Daniel Bergin

Watch the video presentation by Daniel Bergin (26:17 minutes), a local film-maker and producer of Jim Crow of the North.

Offsite Visit to Exhibit Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis

Participants toured Sabathani Center to view the exhibit on the history of racial housing discrimination through the stories of three black families.

Diversity Book Club Podcast Series: Daniel Bergin Interview

Listen to an interview about Daniel Bergin’s involvement with Jim Crow of the North.

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Diversity Book Club Podcast Series: Denise Pike Interview

Listen to an interview with Denise Pike, curator of the Owning Up exhibit.

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Thank you to Hennepin Tech Audio Production student/alumni Suzanne Wint and Matt Holmes, Audio Production faculty, who worked to produce the Diversity Book Club Podcast Series.

Learn about the Hennepin Tech state-of-the-art Audio Production program here!

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