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Rediscovering Our Magic: The 4th Annual Upper Midwest Queer and Trans Indigenous People and People of Color (QTIPOC) Conference

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

April 13-15, 2018, Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 1500 Washington Ave S, Mpls, MN 55454 and The Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Hosted by Midwest Queer and Trans Indigenous People and People of Color Conference and the University of Minnesota Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life

Mission: The 4th Annual Upper Midwest Queer and Trans Indigenous People and People of Color (QTIPOC) Conference seeks to mobilize our communities’ deep commitment to centering the expertise, identities, vulnerabilities, lived experiences, and leadership of those most impacted by the social, political, economical, and structural injustices against our communities. Our mission is to create a revolutionary loving and learning space where we can celebrate our struggles, rediscover our magic, and thrive together.

Purpose: To cultivate knowledge exchange, best practices, and education through our radical presence and existence, arts, discussions, personal narratives, workshops, and keynote speakers and ensure vitalspace is held for us to build community and uplift one another during these critical times we live in.

Vision: To build a brave world of self determination and deep commitment to each other and the land, where we are liberated, heard, and fruitfully supported to get what we want, when we want, and where we want.

SCHEDULE, FRIDAY, APRIL 13:
- Location: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 1500 Washington Avenue South Minneapolis MN 55454
- 5pm to 6pm: Opening/Welcome, Pre-keynote Address
- 6pm to 7pm: Keynote & Dinner
- 9pm to 1am: Drag Performances, Artists, Poets, Song, Dancing
> Hector Chavarria aka Big Gay Mexican
> BeBe Zahara Benet


SCHEDULE, SATURDAY, APRIL 14:
- Location: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
- 9am to 5pm: Workshops, Resource Fair, and Artists' Showcase
- 5pm to 6pm: Dinner & Community Time
- 6pm to 7pm: Keynote
> Phillipe Cunningham
- 7pm to 9pm: Open Mic

SCHEDULE, SUNDAY, APRIL 15:
- Location: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
- 9am to 10:30am: Workshops
- 10:45am to 12:15pm: Closing Plenary
- 9:00am to 12:15pm: Coffee & Brunch Snacks

SCENTS
We recognize the cultural, personal, and political significance of smells and scented practices in our communities and daily lives. We also know that, many people have adverse reactions (e.g., allergies, asthma, and other medical conditions) to chemicals and scents. We understand that scents can inhibit people from participating in this conference. In an effort to be responsive to this, we ask that all conference attendees join us in the following:
- Use unscented hair and body products
- Refrain from using cologne and/or perfume
- Air out dry-cleaned clothes before wearing
- Use low-odor or no-odor markers (i.e. no Sharpies); We will be providing non-toxic, low-odor whiteboard markers

HUMPHREY BUILDING ACCESS
- Front entrance and all workshops have access routes with no steps (i.e. wheelchair friendly) 
- Passenger Elevator access to all floors of the conference.
- Workshop rooms do have florescent lights 
- A quiet room will be available throughout the conference as a space to nap/ rest with low lighting. 

For more details on building, parking, and restroom accessibility please visit: z.umn.edu/QTIPOCCAccess , or e-mail us at : access.team01@gmail.com with any disability -related accommodations, or dietary requests. Please allow two weeks advance notice.

More information and updates to the schedule can be found on the conference website.

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