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Mark your calendars for “Global Rights for Women at The Woman’s Club: An Event Featuring Representative Ilhan Omar, Zuri Balmakund Santiago, Sarah Super, Doualy Xaykaothao, and DJ Chamun”!
Global Rights for Women’s event at The Woman’s Club will feature:
Doulay Xaykaothao of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) will host and emcee. And DJ Chamun will provide music.
This conversation is FREE, but you must be registered to attend and you also have the option to give a suggested donation of $15+ p/person.
Light dessert will be served.
Zuri Balmakund Santiago is an Assistant Attorney with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and handles felony crimes in the Community Prosecution Division.
She graduated from the University of St. Thomas Law School in 2014, also earning her Master’s Degree in Public Policy. During law school, Zuri worked as a law clerk for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Mille Lacs Band Legal Aid. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in political science with an emphasis in women’s studies and English literature.
Zuri is a board member on the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, director of the Midwest regional Young Lawyers Division of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and is cofounder and president of Beyond Boundaries – a non-profit aimed at providing scholarships to underprivileged youth interested in participating in a national outdoor leadership program of their choice.
Ilhan Omar is an experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate. She was recently elected as the Minnesota House Representative for District 60B, making her the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States. Ilhan is the Assistant Minority Leader, with assignments to three house committees; Civil Law & Data Practices Policy, Higher Education & Career Readiness Policy and Finance, and State Government Finance. In addition to serving in the legislature, Ilhan is a mother of three and the Director of Policy Initiatives at Women Organizing Women, where she empowers East African women to take civic leadership roles in their community. Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was eight. The family spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the United States in 1990s.
Sarah Super is a rape survivor, educator, and activist. She is the founder of Break the Silence – a movement of survivors of sexual violence saying their names, telling their stories, and creating a community of trauma-informed allies. Sarah earned Bachelors degrees with honors in Sociology and American Studies as well as a Masters in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota.
DJ Chamun is Chamindika Wanduragala, a Sri Lankan American visual artist, puppeteer, stop motion animation filmmaker and the founder and Artistic Director of Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop, an arts nonprofit that nurtures artists of color and Indigenous artists in contemporary puppet theater and sequential art. Her artwork portrays her version of what writer/activist Audre Lorde referred to as biomythography: the intertwining of experience and history with personal mythology. As DJ Chamun, she loves sharing amazing music and hopes everyone supports the creators of music by buying their albums! Visit www.chamindika.com to see her art, for event dates and DJ bookings.
Doualy Xaykaothao is a Hmong-Texan, born in Laos and raised in Texas. She got her journalism chops in New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Portland, Dallas, and most recently in Minnesota. She also spent a decade reporting overseas for NPR from Southeast and Northeast Asia. Now she’s a correspondent for MPR news, covering race, immigration, and culture. If you can’t pronounce her name, she also answers to Shadow of the Moon, that’s what her first name means.