WSU Inclusion & Diversity Office Events

8 Borders, 8 Days

Director/Producer: Amanda Bailly
Co-Writer: Joseph Singer

Sept. 15th, 2018

5-7pm, Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall

Performance Description:
A single mother shows us the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out. 8 Borders, 8 Days is her story; the intimate details of why a fiercely-determined mother is willing to risk her children’s lives for a better future and an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.

This viewing is made possible in partnership with the City of Winona, Project FINE, and Welcoming America.

If you would like more information, please contact our office at or 507.457.5595.


Help Wanted

Written and Directed by Virginia McFerran
Performed by Teatro del Pueblo

Sept. 19th, 2018

Performances at 1pm and 7pm, East Room, Kryzsko Commons

Performance Description:
This one-act play tells the story of impoverished immigrants who come to Minnesota to seek a better life and to help their family in Mexico. Three actors playing multiple roles present scenes depicting life in Mexico, a dangerous border crossing, unionizing efforts, detention by the INS, and demonstrations in support of the hotel workers. This satirical piece demonstrates the plight of workers whose labor is needed in Minnesota, but who risk harsh treatment and inequities when trying to fill this need.

This performance is made possible in partnership with WSU Global Studies and World Languages.

If you would like more information, please contact our office at or 507.457.5595.


Resilience Speaker: Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Oct. 22nd, 2018

Workshop at 1pm in Dining Rooms C&D, Kryzsko Commons
Keynote Address at 7pm in Stark Hall 103

Speaker Bio:
A queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist and a prayer poet priestess, Alexis has a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University. She was the first scholar to research the Audre Lorde Papers at Spelman College, the June Jordan Papers at Harvard University, and the Lucille Clifton Papers at Emory University during her dissertation research.
For more biographical details please visit: Brilliance Remastered

If you would like more information, please contact our office at or 507.457.5595.


Authors of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Nov. 14-15, 2018
Details to be determined.

Book Description:
In this provocative book, sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being’s inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.
Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation’s worst racial disparities. As its authors confront and consider the realities that lie beneath the numbers, this book provides an important tool to those who want to be part of closing those gaps.

If you would like more information, please contact our office at or 507.457.5595.