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By Lavender April 23, 2010

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Multicultural Forum Seeks Future of Inclusion

For the past 22 years, the Multicultural Forum has been providing CEOs, managers, human resource professionals, and everyone else information about diversity in the workplace. Diversity doesn’t mean having a well-balanced mixed of people, but rather treating every employee the same regardless of sex, race, religion, or sexual orientation. This year’s focus was to secure the diversity and inclusion future in the workplace by implementing new tactics. The two-day conference included various informational sessions and workshops. Several focused on the GLBT community in the workplace, including: “Beyond Partner Benefits: Building on LGBT Policies to Improve Workplace Climate”; and “Square Pegs: Building a Strategy for your LGBT Resource Group.” For more info on the Multicultural Forum, visit www.stthomas.edu/mcf.

Black Eyed Peas Become Envy of Twin Cities

The Black Eyed Peas World Tour made a stop at the Xcel Center in St. Paul on March 22. Playing hits both new and old, the group performed a nearly nonstop concert for the 14,000 people who attended. The infectious music made for a body-shaking, bass-thumping, and eye-popping party. The Peas even let Fergie loose to sing some of her solo hits, including “Missing You” and “Fergalicious.” Things finished on a high note with number-one Peas hits “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling” from their latest album, The E.N.D. The festivities continued until the wee hours of the morning at Envy in Minneapolis, where will.i.am and apl.de.ap, along with other patrons, enjoyed a special V.I.Pea cocktail.

Family Tree Clinic Hosts 10th Annual Arborfest

On May 7, Family Tree Clinic hosts its 10th annual Regional Craft Beer and Wine Sampling Fundraiser at Kagin Commons, Macalester College, St. Paul. Growing every year, the event features sampling of the best handcrafted beer from top local breweries, as well as nonalcoholic beverages—plus, new this year, wine. Arborfest offers a taste of Minnesota, with tasty eats; entertainment, such as a raucous bagpipe opener and a live DJ; and a raffle including great brewery swag. Family Tree Clinic is dedicated to ensuring that people of all gender identities and sexual orientations have access to comprehensive and compassionate sexual health care and education. To learn more about Arborfest and Family Tree Clinic, visit <www.familytreeclinic.org>.

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