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26th Annual Kitsap County
Conference for Human Rights:
Implicit Bias
Unfortunately, due to snow and the closure of Olympic College Dec. 9, the Conference for Human Rights had to be rescheduled. Tickets are still available for the event, now scheduled for February 3, 2017. All tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets will be honored. Those who would like a refund may obtain that through Brown Paper Tickets.

Ticket prices for the rescheduled conference will remain the same: $40 for Adults/ $25 for Youth and Students (price includes breakfast and lunch).

Ticket sales and information is available here.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch will be a keynote speaker at the event. She is a Suquamish Tribal Elder and storyteller. She serves on the Suquamish Tribal Higher Education Board, and as Chairwoman of the Suquamish Tribal Elders Council.
  • Dustin Washington is director of the Community Justice Program with the American Friends Service Committee, core trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and Clinical Faculty at the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Dustin’s work centers around developing humanistic, anti-racist leadership across the nation and beyond via the Freedom School and YUIR projects. He is the winner of numerous awards: Faith Action Network Social Justice Award, Fellowships of Reconciliation Martin Luther King Jr. Award and Seattle Human Services Coalition’s Ron Chisolm Anti-racist Leader Award.

Conference Schedule

8:00 – 8:30   Registration, Sign-In and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45   Welcome / Logistics / Acknowledging Dignitaries

8:45 – 9:00   Reading of the Declaration of Human Rights

9:00 – 9:45   Keynote: Dustin Washington “How Implicit Bias is Hurting our Communities and our Children”

9:45 – 10:00   Morning Break

10:00 – 10:45   Youth Panel “How does Implicit Bias Show up in our Lives?”

10:45 – 11:30                Keyno10:45-11:30 Keynote: Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch “Implicit Bias Toward Native People of the Puget Sound Region”

11:30 – 12:15   Lunch / Table Conversations / Asia Renee Spoken Word / Awards  

12:15 – 1:30   Breakout Session A  (see Session A workshops)           

1:30 – 1:45   Transition/Break

1:45 – 3:00   Breakout Session B (see Session B workshops)

3:00 – 3:15   Transition back to Bremer Student Center

3:15 – 3:50   Closing Conversations for Community Action / Debrief/Actions going forward

3:50 – 4:00   Closing Remarks


The mission of the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights is twofold:
  1. Advise county government and Kitsap County residents on issues related to discrimination, violence and harassment based on race or national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or economic status;
  2. Promote the equitable treatment of all citizens and reduce prejudice through the development of prevention policies, education, resource, referrals, and advocacy.
UpdatedCouncil meetings for January 2017 will take place in the Bremer Student Center cafeteria seating area. The meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. January 10, 27 and 31 and take place more frequently due to planning for the rescheduled conference (see above).

The Council for Human Rights annual retreat is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 4 at the Long Lake Community Room in the Long Lake Community Park.

The Council usually meets the third Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Rose Room of Harrison Medical Center, 1800 NW Myhre, Silverdale.

2017 Meeting Agendas and Notes
January 10, 2017    
2016 Meeting Agendas and Notes
January 2016 June 2016 November 1, 2016
February 2016 (Retreat) July 2016 November 15, 2016
March 2016 August 2016 November 29, 2016
April 2016 September 2016 (Retreat) December 6, 2016
May 2016 October 2016 December 20, 2016
Fifteen unpaid volunteers from throughout the county who are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for three-year terms.

Kitsap County Council for Human Rights
District 1
Name Term Ends
Position 1 Rob Purser 12/31/17
Position 2 Andrea Hendricks 12/31/18
Position 3 Peggi Erickson 12/31/17
Position 4 Vacant  
District 2  
Postion 1 Judy Arbogast 12/31/17
Postion 2 Diana Foster 12/31/17
Position 3 Vacant 12/31/18
Position 4 Vacant  
District 3    
Position 1 Megan James 12/31/18
Position 2 Imelda Moore 12/31/17
Position 3 James Data Logan 12/31/18
Position 4 Vacant  
At-Large Positions
Position 1 Jeffrey Stelmach 12/31/18
Position 2 Marcie Mathis 12/31/18
Position 3 Tracy Flood 12/31/18

Discrimination Complaints
The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights principal role is educational. It has no authority to investigate and make findings in a discrimination case. If you feel that you have been a victim of discrimination and would like to file a complaint, contact the state Human Rights Commission at
Rental Complaints
If you have a housing/rental complaint, contact the Fair Housing Center of Washington at
Work Plans
Want to know what the Human Rights Council is up to? Check out:
2015 Work Plan
2016 Work Plan

Staff Contact
For more information on the Council for Human Rights, contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services Coordinator Rebecca Pirtle at:
(360) 337-4650 or