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The UNM Division for Equity and Inclusion features Sister Outsider Poetry at the 5th annual Luminaria Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Ballroom C. Sister Outsider Poetry is an award winning duo consisting of two of the top three female slam poets in the world, Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman.

The presentation is part of the tour which marks the first time that two Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions have paired up. The two have appeared on six national poetry slam finals stages and have six championships collectively.

“Sister Outsider Poetry has a very unique way of presenting information about the lived experiences of different groups,” said Jozi De Leon, vice president for Equity and Inclusion. “We are excited to bring them to UNM because of the way they create greater understanding and connection through their work.”

Prior to the presentation by Sister Outsider, the Division for Equity and Inclusion will present the 5th Annual Luminaria Awards which recognizes individuals and organizations that have lit the path in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice. Their commitment can be evident in recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups; teaching, research and/or service; multicultural or cultural awareness programming; social justice organizing, community outreach or similar activities.

Following the keynote presentation, the Men of Color Initiative (MOCI) will present a workshop with Sister Outsider for students from 2:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. in the SUB, Ballroom B. The workshop is open to all students and is co- sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Student Activities Center.

Tickets are free and seating is limited. Tickets are now available here.

Additional sponsors of this year’s Luminaria Awards include ENLACE, the Graduate Resource Center and the LGBTQ Resource Center. If interested in co-sponsoring the awards, contact Lorena Blanco-Silva at 277-1238 or