Michelle Rydz, Founder and Executive Director of High Plains Fair Housing Center, will join the panel discussion, “How to Access Human Rights in North Dakota and Minnesota” on Wednesday, November 15 at the Fargo Theater during the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival.

Rydz studied fair housing law, testing practices, and the complaint process at the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Support Center in Chicago and studied with the National Fair Housing Alliance. She advocates for victims of housing discrimination in North Dakota. Michelle began her career as a community organizer in Chicago and later worked with the National Democratic Institute on developing advocacy projects in Romania after the fall of communism. Rydz is also one of the founding members of North Dakota United Against Hate.

The panel will be moderated by North Dakota State Representative Joshua Boschee, Panelist schedule to participate include: Jennifer Cook, the North Dakota Chapter of the ACLU; Dave Lanpher, the Fargo Human Relations Commission; Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Department of Human Rights; Barry Nelson, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition; and Michelle Rydz, High Plains Fair Housing Center.

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artist. 2017 is the inaugural year for both festivals.

The North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival will take place November 15, 16 and 17, 2017, at the Fargo Theater in Fargo, North Dakota. Panel discussions will take place each evening of the film festival.

The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival will be exhibited November 13, 2017 through January 5, 2018 at the Spirit Room in Fargo, North Dakota. A public reception and awards ceremony will be held at The Spirit Room on Saturday, November 18 from 5 to 7.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Wednesday night film screenings and panel discussion with Michelle Rydz at the historic Fargo Theater in downtown Fargo, North Dakota.

Learn more about High Plains Fair Housing Center at their website.

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