Life and Dignity Week

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Life & Dignity Week is a celebration of the gift of life and the inherent dignity of every human person. The observation of this week by the university community includes an abundance of events spanning a variety of topics, meant to engage students and staff in an educational presentation of the unique gift of each human person.

Event Highlights

  • Mid-Winter Powwow — Celebrate the richness of Native American culture. We invite the Bismarck-Mandan community to join us for this great event.
  • Community Learning Day — Throughout the day, we will focus on topics concerning the dignity of the human person and seeing everything through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.

Week Overview

Mid-Winter Powwow

Celebrate the richness of Native American culture in North Dakota. Join us for this great all-day event including Mass, a buffalo feed, and a contest powwow. Learn more.

Martin Luther King Day

10 am — Monday Morning Mission (Starion Lower Living Room) 

  • Words from Dr. King – Black Student Union

Christ in the City Documentary

Time: 6 pm

Location: Gary Tharaldson School of Business — Room, TSB 212

Community Learning Day

An opportunity for our students and faculty to engage more fully in particular issues involving human dignity. Learn more.

National March for Life — Learn More

Events at Mary

  • 10 am—Convocation (Gary Tharaldson School of Business)

    • An Hour of Prayer for Life—Led by University Ministry


The University of Mary maintains a standing Task Force for Catholic Social Teaching, Diversity, and Inclusion, chaired by a member of the University’s Board of Regents. This task force plans and coordinates educational programming, conducts and analyzes campus climate surveys, and sponsors events in celebration of human life and dignity. The task force can be reached at