Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 8.40.51 AMWinona State University will host “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: What is it? What does it mean?” with Kay McGowan and Faye Givens in celebration of Native American History Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

Adjunct professor of anthropology and sociology, McGowan has represented the interests of indigenous peoples at the United Nations as the vice-chair of the National Indian Youth Council. In 2012 and 2013 she went to the United Nations in Geneva to testify on water as a human right and the Boarding School issue.

McGowan’s identical twin, Givens, serves as Executive Director of American Indian Services. The two have collaborated in creating the documentary, “Indian Boarding School: A Survivor’s Story,” which offers an effective tool for survivors and families to understand and deal with their inter-generational trauma.

This event is sponsored by WSU’s KEAP Diversity Resource Center, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and the WSU Equity Theme Team.

The 2015-16 University Theme, Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community, is about upholding people’s rights, valuing diversity, challenging intolerance, and making institutional change around issues of social justice. For WSU and its communities partnering around a university theme has proven to be an effective strategy for bringing faculty, staff, students, and community members to the engagement table. The year-long focus will enable students, faculty, staff, and members of the wider Winona and Rochester communities to explore the intersections of identifies, cultures, and abilities.

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