Past Events

Thu May 19th 5:00pm 2016

The Evening of Possibilities is an annual event held by the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition (NDHRC). This year, NDHRC has invited three community friends on the frontline of human rights concerns in North Dakota:

Karen Ehrens with Ehrens Consulting will discuss the importance of access to healthy food, a growing human rights issue;
Jennifer Weisgerber, Vice President of Dakota OutRight will address organizing local and state efforts for Nondiscrimination policies, and
Senator Erin Oban of District 35 will share general human rights issues facing our state, and what we can do to move the state forward.

Come enjoy light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages, meet and greet with NDHRC Board members & state representatives, find out how to join and support the coalition, and socialize with friends about human rights issues impacting North Dakota.

Sat Nov 14th 9:00am 2015

Join us for the 6th Annual Human Rights Summit. The theme for this year's summit is Human Rights: The State of the State. Our Keynote Speaker will be Troy Seibel, Commissioner of the ND Department of Labor and Human Rights. Additional Speakers Include:

  • Dereck Stonefish, Public Health Research Project Manager, NDSU
  • Pearl Walker, Project Manager- Public Health Department , NDSU
  • Jenn Weisgerber, Vice President of Dakota OutRight
  • Representative Kathy Hogan, Interim Chair for the Human Services Committee, North Dakota State Legislature


Please RSVP by November 11th to:

Registration fee $30 (Breakfast & Lunch Included) | Student discount rate $15

November 14th, 2015 | 9:00-4:00

Registration Fee
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Mon Oct 26th 7:00pm 2015

Northern Lights, winner of the Camera d’Or for Best First Feature at the Cannes International Film Festival and many other prizes around the world, is a classic American independent film. Against a backdrop of a bitter winter on the Dakota prairie and the equally brutal economic forces of 1915, a story unfolds which pits small Midwestern farmers against “the powers that be” - bankers, railroad men, big grain dealers and an entrenched political machine. Based on the fictional diary of farmer Ray Sorenson, Northern Lights chronicles the struggle of these small farmers as they fight to save their farms, their families and their very way of life. By banding together in a grassroots movement - the little known Nonpartisan League - Ray and his cohorts confront great odds and Ray’s own personal doubts and dilemmas in his love for the beautiful Inga.

Thu Aug 20th 5:00pm 2015

The Evening of Possibilities is an annual event held by the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition (NDHRC). This year, NDHRC has invited a number of state legislators to speak about legislative possibilities pertaining to human rights issues in North Dakota.

Come enjoy light Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, meet with NDHRC Board members and state legislators, find out how to join the coalition, and socialize about human rights issues impacting North Dakota.

Thursday August 20, 2015 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm

The Hotel Donaldson | 101 Broadway North | Fargo, ND 58102

Free will donation

Wed Apr 22nd 5:00pm 2015

This event is the inaugural event for the Bismarck-Mandan area. The North Dakota Human Rights Coalition (NDHRC) will give residents a look at our mission and vision for the state.

Come enjoy light Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, meet NDHRC Board members, find out how to join the coalition, and socialize about human rights issues impacting North Dakota.

Erin Oban will join us and say a few words. Senator Oban represents North Dakota's District 35 in Bismarck, and is a member of the North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party. 

Mon Mar 2nd 5:00pm 2015

Discrimination is NOT a North Dakota Value

SB 2279 would amend the ND Human Rights Act and the ND Fair Housing Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected from workplace and housing discrimination throughout our state.  This important legislation passed the ND Senate on February 17, 2015, the first time since 2009.  We need your help to support NDHRC's Legislative Advocacy Team to advance SB 2279 in the ND House.

This event is hosted by:  Karen Stoker, Rep. Joshua Bosche & Zachary Packineau, Celeste Carlson & Amber Carlson Allebach, Bernie Erickson & Dr. David Hamilton, Cindy Roholt & Lee Clarens, Dr. Kristen Benson

$50 Suggested Donation (all donation levels are appreciated)

Contributions can be made to NDHRC (P.O. Box 1961, Fargo, ND  58107) or online at

Sun Mar 1st 1:00pm 2015

Thanks to the partnership of the ND AFL-CIO, ND United, Pride Collective & Community Center, ND Women's Network and NDHRC, a free screening of "Pride" will take place on Sunday, March 1st at 1:00pm the Fargo Theatre. We invite and encourage you to invite others to join us! 

Movie Synopsis:
Its the summer of 1984 Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

Mon Feb 9th 6:00pm 2015

Join in helping pass SB 2279! Protect ALL North Dakotans

Senate Bill 2279, an anti-discrimination bill, will come for a vote as soon as next week. SB 2279 would amend the North Dakota Human Rights Act and the North Dakota Fair Housing Act to provide the same protections from discrimination for all North Dakotans.  This is important so that no North Dakotan has to live in fear of being fired from her job or kicked out of his apartment based on sexual orientation. 

Businesses, job seekers and their families look for strong and supportive communities where they can thrive and call home.  Currently, 21 other states in the country provide protections and North Dakota must be competitive to fill the 20,000 job openings in our state.

A recent poll conducted by DFM Research reported that a majority of North Dakota residents over the age of 18 support SB2279 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

We need to be sure this message is heard loud and clear!

Can you join us for a night of action to tell our senators across the state to vote in favor of SB227?  Since the vote will likely come up during the week of Valentine’s Day, we thought it pretty fitting to encourage our senators to recognize Love is Love and support 2279!

Please join us for statewide efforts as we reach out to legislators, craft letters to the editors, and make sure our voices are heard!


Monday February 9th

6 pm-8:30 pm

3 Locations:

Bismarck:  Unitarian Universalist Church: 818 East Divide Ave

Grand Forks:  Christus Rex: 3012 University Ave (in the Library)

Fargo:  Planned Parenthood Office:  624 Main Ave Suite 9 (in the DeLendrecies Building downtown)


Please bring a laptop and phone if you’re able!

Mon Feb 9th 11:00am 2015

This event will feature a traveling earring exhibit created with 1,181 single-sided earrings to symbolize the Indigenous women who were stolen, and original art by Navajo muralist/painter Nani Chacon. The event will also include poetry, spoken word, and speakers working on issues involving trafficking, violence, and missing women.

Sat Jan 31st 1:00pm 2015

Join us for Solidarity Saturday!

Three cities, one time, one common purpose.  January 31st 1 pm.

Solidarity Saturdays are informal gatherings of multiple organizations and people to talk about our shared concerns in North Dakota and to keep tabs on bills during legislative session.

These gatherings seek to foster a place for us to further our knowledge, conversation, and understanding of each of our affiliated organizations and underscore our shared values.

Join us to kick off this event on January 31st at 1 pm in the below locations:

Bismarck: Unitarian Universalist Church- 818 East Divide Avenue 

Grand Forks: Archives Coffee House- 3012 University Ave.

Fargo: Red Raven- 916 Main Ave


Invested groups and organizations include: 

North Dakota United, New Generation North Dakota, North Dakota AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood, Dakota Resource Council, North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, North Dakota Women’s Network, American Association of University Women
Important Updates!
HB1294, one of the pay equity bills was passed out of the House ILB committee with a 8-4 do-pass recommendation!!
Rep. Boschee also reports that the LGBT non-discrimination bill (SB2279) is within two votes of passing in the Senate!!! 
Start talking to your representative and senators and hope to see you on Saturday.