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​The 28th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton. This year's theme is "Building Community in a Polarized World: Celebrating Our Togetherness." Tickets are now on sale at

The conference begins with breakfast and a special introduction from Harriette Bryant of the Bremerton Housing Authority and Partnering for Youth Achievement. Participants will attend workshops (details below) throughout the morning and gather together again for a delicious lunch and time to network. The afternoon features facilitated discussions.

The conference is organized by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and sponsors include Olympic College, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap Sun and the Shiers Law Firm.

To purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship levels, click here.

General ticket categories are adult, youth, and adult with informational table. Ticket prices include breakfast and lunch. Sponsorship levels of support are also available, which help fund youth scholarships. 

2018 Conference Workshops (participants will select two workshops to attend during the conference):

The Power of Empathy for Ourselves and Others with Marcia Christen of Northwest Compassionate Communication

Dignity and Equality: What are Human Rights? with Judy Arbogast of the Council for Human Rights

Building Community Through Volunteering with Tamra Ingwaldson of United Way of Kitsap County

Considering RACE and ACES with Sonia Barry of North Kitsap School District

Affordable Housing with Regina Adamson of Kitsap Public Market

How to Kill an Indian With a Piece of Paper: Blood Quantum Laws and Contemporary American Indian Identity with Noel Purser of the Suquamish Tribe

-  Healing Roots: Tools for Survivors with Beckie Evans and Erika Anderson of Life Keys Energy

Disaggregating Population Data to Shed Light on Health Disparities with Maya McKenzie of the Kitsap Public Health District

The Restorative Circle Experience with Sue Miglino of the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County

Peer Support 101: Building Community Resiliency with Pattie Marshall of the Health Care Authority Behavioral Health and Recovery Division

Bully You, Bully Me (A Search for the Bully Within) with Karen Vargas of Living Life Leadership

For more information, contact Rebecca Pirtle at (360) 337-4650 or To learn more about the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, click here.

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