DEI Welcomes Sister Outsider Poetry

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THE UNM DIVISION FOR EQUITY AND INCLUSION TO FEATURE SISTER OUTSIDER POETRY AT
5TH ANNUAL LUMINARIA AWARDS ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Sister Outsider PoetryAlbuquerque, NM – October 23, 2014

Sister Outsider Poetry, the award-winning duo representing two of the top three female slam poets in the world, Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman will be the featured keynote presentation at the 5th Annual Luminaria Awards on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 11am-1:30pm in the UNM Student Union Ballroom C.

“Sister Outsider Poetry has a very unique way of presenting information about the lived experiences of different groups,” said Dr. Jozi De Leon, VP for Equity and Inclusion. “We are excited to bring them to UNM because of the way they create greater understanding and connection through their work.”

This presentation of Sister Outsider is part of tour which marks the first time that two Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions have paired up. They have appeared on six national poetry slam finals stages and have six championships collectively.

Prior to the presentation by Sister Outsider, the Division for Equity and Inclusion will present the 5th Annual Luminaria Awards. The Luminaria Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have lit the path in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice. Their commitment can be evident in recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups; teaching, research and/or service; multicultural or cultural awareness programming; social justice organizing, community outreach or other similar activities.

Tickets are now available at https://podio.com/webforms/9736179/709390. Tickets are available at no cost and seating is limited.

Following the keynote presentation for the Luminaria Awards, the Men of Color Initiative (MOCI) will present a workshop with Sister Outsider for students from 2:30pm-3:30pm in SUB Ballroom B. The workshop is open to all students and is co- sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Student Activities Center.

Additional sponsors of the 5th Annual Luminaria Awards include ENLACE, the Graduate Resource Center, and the LGBTQ Resource Center.  If you are interested in co-sponsoring the awards, please contact Lorena Blanco-Silva at 277-1238 or lblanco@unm.edu.

 


About Sister Outsider:

Sister Outsider Poetry is an award-winning duo representing two of the top three female slam poets in the world, Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman. Their tour marks the first time that two Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions have paired up. They have appeared on six national poetry slam finals stages and have six championships collectively. Inspired by the life and work of Audre Lorde, they write and perform their "otherness" into the center and use spoken word as a tool for social change.

Dominique Christina is a writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds five national titles in the three years she has been competing in slam, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is the only person to have won two Women of the World Poetry Championships. Her work is influenced by her family's legacy in the Civil Rights Movement, and her first book of poetry, The Bones, The Breaking, The Balm is available now.

Denice Frohman is an award-winning poet, lyricist, and educator, whose multi-cultural upbringing inspires her to explore the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. She is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient, and 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner. Her debut album, “Feels Like Home” is available now.

 

About the Division for Equity and Inclusion:
The University of New Mexico established the Division for Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in 2007 to strengthen the organizational capacity in order to serve UNM’s diverse student body. DEI provides leadership for addressing institution-wide equity and inclusion and lends its support to student, staff and faculty efforts that build on the university’s diversity initiatives. DEI supports system-wide diversity initiatives to enhance student recruitment and retention, academic excellence, employee diversity and a campus climate that embraces its diversity as an asset. In addition, the Office for Equity and Inclusion is the only university entity of its kind in a very diverse state, serving a diverse student population.
 

If you'd like more information about Diversity at UNM, please visit http://diverse.unm.edu or call 505-277-1238.

 

Contact:
Lorena Blanco-Silva
Division for Equity and Inclusion
University of New Mexico
Phone: (505) 277-1238 / E-mail: lblanco@unm.edu
http://diverse.unm.edu