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Being An Upstander :

Finding Your Power with Taneeza Islam

Disrupting the status quo through your field. Whatever work you do, you can make a difference.

Be an UPstander, not a BYstander.


Join us at Chelsea's Boutique as we welcome Taneeza Islam, Esq., the Executive Director of South Dakota Voices for Peace. Taneeza Islam is a community activist, immigration and civil rights lawyer based in Sioux Falls, SD. Her immigration practice is focused on domestic violence survivors and unaccompanied minors.


For March's Empowerment Event, Taneeza will lead us in a compassionate discussion to help us understand what some of the basic inequities are here in Sioux Falls. What are systems of oppression (it won't be too dreary) and how can one find one's voice/power through the field in which they work to disrupt these inequalities?


"For example - Chelsea's Boutique has the first Muslim, hijabi model in Sioux Falls - do people realize that though? For us who know we realize it and show how that is disrupting the status quo. So it's really about disrupting the status quo through your field - whatever work you do, you can make a difference. We also work a lot on building "Upstanders" in the community - not bystanders, not just allies."


This event is on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:30-8:30pm at Chelsea's Boutique.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Purchase your tickets HERE.


If you'd like to join us remotely, a live stream ticket option is available.

The link to join us via YouTube live will be sent to your email no later than 6pm on 3/24/2020.

Click here to buy your live stream ticket now.


All ticket proceeds for our Empowerment Events go to our featured charity of 2020: A Different Kind of Lifeguard.

Read below to learn more!


Want to be a speaker at one of our upcoming events? Submit your idea here.

2020's Featured Charity:

A Different Kind of Lifeguard was founded by our very own Jill Furan Turbak. The mission is: A Different Kind of Lifeguard is an awareness and advocacy organization focused on mental health and suicide prevention. It is a nonprofit organization aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, self-injury, and suicide. During 2020, the money raised from our Empowerment Events and from our Give $5, Get $5 contribution will go directly to A Different Kind of Lifeguard.

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