UMD Kicks Off Weekend Conference on #MeToo Movement and Sexual Assault Prevention

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: April 19, 2019 10:37 PM

Advocates from the University of Minnesota-Duluth are bringing more awareness on sexual assault prevention to the Northland through a weekend long conference called #MeToo Awareness: Gender, Healthy & Justice. UMD kicked off the conference with an opening reception Friday at the August Fitger Room of the Fitger’s complex.

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At the event, students and community members gathered for a keynote address by Dr. Sneja Gunew, a professor who teaches English and Women's Studies at the University of British Columbia.

"The keynote was on the subject of violence. How sexual violence and other forms of violence is embedded in the day to day language that we use, and how we are not careful at how painful it could be in college campuses and work places,” Dr. Devaleena Das, a UMD faculty on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the organizer of the #MeToo Awareness: Gender, Healthy & Justice Conference, said.

Attendees also enjoyed food and performances by ‘Sing!’ a women's chorus based in the Duluth Public Schools Community Education Program.

Since last year, the #MeToo movement has had an impact around the world. The weekend long event is the first UMD conference to address the #MeToo movement.

Saturday’s conference will cover a variety of panels and discussions ranging from criminal justice and legal responses to sexual assault, healthcare and sexual violence, prevention of sexual assault and advocacy on college campuses, and dismantling rape culture. Food will be provided at the event.

The conference Saturday goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kirby Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The conference wraps up Sunday with a restorative yin yoga at the Duluth Yoga Studio at 10 a.m.


Alejandra Palacios

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