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November 7, 2005
Contact: Leif Bentsen, Coordinator, Human Rights Council
Phone: 360-337-4883
No. 05-17

Jennifer James and Raymond Reyes Keynote Speakers at Annual Human Rights Conference

PORT ORCHARD, WA“A World that Works for All” is the theme for the 15th Annual Kitsap County Human Rights Conference on Friday, December 9, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo. The event, sponsored the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners and Council for Human Rights, will feature ten regional and national experts speaking on human rights issues.

Well-known cultural anthropologist Jennifer James will open the conference with “Cultural Intelligence—Thinking in the Future Tense.” James will address the impact of the accelerating pace of change in society, cultures and the economy, and the importance of understanding one’s own culture as well as the culture of others as being an essential skill for a nation competing in a global economy.

Dr. James is a speaker and consultant who travels all over the world sharing her expertise in cultural change, diversity and marketing intelligence. Previously, she served on the University of Washington faculty for 18 years, and has been a columnist for the Seattle Times and radio talk show host.

Continuing the theme from the opening session and breakout sessions, Professor Raymond Reyes will close out the conference with “Future Tense in the Present World” by demonstrating successful methods and models of multicultural community development, including his work in North Kitsap.

Prof. Reyes is Associate Vice President for diversity at Gonzaga University. As a consultant, he has worked with a number of communities and organizations, including the North Kitsap School District for the past several years. One of the offshoots of his North Kitsap efforts was the school district and the Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes joined together to create a broad-based multicultural and diversity awareness committee last year. Committee members include representatives from education, business, religious faith, non-profit and government.

Breakout session topics and speakers include:

  • Living Voices—a Native Visions multi-media performance
  • Homeland Security and Its Discontents: first amendment attorney Bruce Johnson and Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Human Rights 101: Jonathon Garfunkel, MEd and Edward Mikel, PhD (Pedagogical considerations for the practice of human rights education in community-based education, as well as elementary, middle and high school levels.)
  • Personal journeys and 150 years of Black history in Kitsap County: Patrice Moncure Thomas, MEd
  • White Washing Yellow Faces—Looking Like the Enemy: Dr. Frank Kitamoto
  • Hate Activity in the Northwest: Rob Jacobs, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
  • The Commission and Its Role, WASL, Health Care and Other Issues Facing All of Us: Ellen Abellera, Executive Director, Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Reservations must be made in advance, and seating is limited. Registration forms and additional information can be found on the county web page, or by calling 360-337-4883.

To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Office, 
call PJ Callahan at 360-337-4481 or email:

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014