• MHCC to Host conference on Nonviolence

    "Peaceful Resolutions: Nonviolence A Choice" Program Agenda

    May 12, 2017

    Full day Conference, Mt. Hood Community College Student Union

    TimeSubject Focus
    8:30 - 9 a.m.Registration & Breakfast
    9 - 9:30 a.m.Convocation:Rev Leon Kackman, Prior, Portland Buddhist Priory
    Introduction: Rotary Club, WFWP USA, MHCC
    Music: ……….
    MC: Christine Edwards
    9:30 - 10 a.m.Keynote Speech:
    "Through the eyes of a Peace Fellow: Rotary's Peace Building Journey, from 1917 onwards"Steven Nakana, PhD
    10 - 11 a.m.

    Award presentation for MHCC students:  
    Chidoze Urom, Blanca Alverez-Lopez, Barbra Archbeque,
     Presented by West Columbia Gorge Rotary Club
    Academic Panel and Discussion:
    Student PanelistAlina Button, Pacific University; Andrea Gonzalez, Portland State University; Victoria Reis, Int’l Specialist at Marylhurst Univ.
    Moderated by Gary and Nancy Spanovich, the Wholistic Peace Institute

    11:10 a.m. – noonPresentation: Nonviolent Communication
    "Creating Meaningful Dialogue in Divisive Times"
    Speaker – Doyle Banks
    12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.Lunch break (on your own)
    12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Dances of Universal Peace
    Michael Sheehan and Michelle
    1:55 – 2:45 p.m.Session 1-A
    Student Union Lounge
    Golden Leaf & The Healing Power of Forgiveness
    Cambodian Genocide survivor Kilong Ung
    Session 1-B
    Council Chambers
    Inner Peace: Eden's Energy Medicine
    Miyuki Pollman

    Session 1-C: Diversity Resource Center;
    Meditation for College Students: FFWPUEric Sylte

    2:55 – 3:45 p.m.

    Session 2-B
    Student Union Lounge 
    Unlearning Racism:
    Baha’i Center
    Janice Cockrell

    Session 2-A 
    Council Chambers
    The Spirituality of Servant Leadership: VP, WFWP USA
    Katarina Connery

    3:15 p.m.Closing


    Steve Nakana
    Steve Nakana

    Steven Nakana, PhD.:
    "Through the eyes of a Peace Fellow: Rotary's Peace Building Journey, from 1917 onwards"

    In my presentation, I will trace the roots of Rotary's peace building journey. I will link this peacebuilding journey struggles for peace and how my native country, South Africa benefited from such initiatives, as well as how Rotary, through its peace building fellowship helped me to pursue a degree in the Peace building field, and how Rotarians and peace fellows are working collaboratively to advance peace in the world.

    Steven, is the Port of Portland's new Social Equity Program Manager, a position has occupied for about 11 months. Prior to joining the Port, he worked for Mercy Corps, an international Humanitarian Organization as Peacebuilding advisor, as well as a curriculum advisor. He is a 2005 to 2007 Rotary Foundation World Peace Fellow. His Rotary fellowship was made possible through the generosity of the late PDG Paul Elder and his wife Jean of Somerset, PA.

    He holds a PhD Degree in International Studies from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, which obtained Summa Cum Laude recognition. He also holds two masters degrees in Sociology and a two-year professional certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from the University of California, Berkeley. He also obtained another masters' degree in international studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, as well as numerous traineeships in conflict management and negotiation from numerous universities and organizations including the Harvard University-based Program on Negotiation.

    Steven has spoken to over 100 Rotary clubs in South Africa and the US, and several district conferences and symposia in the US, Canada, and Thailand. He is also serving his third and final an advisor to the Rotary Foundation's Peace Centers Committee.

    Steven and his spouse, Rosalee Francis, an environmental law attorney at Bonneville Power Authority, who also was a 2008 Rotary ambassadorial scholar to South Africa, have a 3-year old daughter, called Thandiwe Irene Nakana, whose name means the beloved "goddess of peace".

    Gary & Nancy Spanovich: Executive Director of the Wholistic Peace Institute
    Gary Spanovich is the founder and his wife Nancy is the executive director of the Wholistic Peace Institute (WPI). WPI has had a history of accomplished humanitarian work in India since 1992. In 1995, with assistance from Rotary International, he built a school for Indian street children. His work later extended to 53 Tibetan refugee camps in India. In 2001, he held his first World Peace Conference here in Portland, which welcomed the Dalai Lama. Since then, Mr. & Mrs. Spanovich and the WPI continue to bring Nobel Peace Laureates to Oregon to educate others and promote peace.

    Michelle Sparkes-Smith and Michael Sheehan: Dances of Universal Peace
    Everyone participates as we sing sacred mantras from many of the world's spiritual traditions, holding hands and moving together in a circle. Beginning with one circle in San Francisco in the late 1960's, the Dances of Universal Peace have spread to hundreds of dance circles in more than sixty countries. Like a thirsty wanderer stopping for water, we hope to open and attune ourselves to the source of universal peace, love, healing and wisdom. Michael Sheehan and Michelle Sparks-Smith are certified leaders of the Dances Of Universal Peace and lead two weekly and one monthly dance circles in the Portland area. More information is available on their website: movingmeditations-dup.com.

    Miyuki Pollmann: Inner Peace with Energy of gratitude
    Certified BodyTalk, Eden's Energy Medicine and Flower Essence Practitioner.Miyuki will present some techniques to balance your body's energy. She practices EFT, Ho'Oponopono, Eden's Energy Medicine, BodyTalk and Flower Essence Therapy. She will demonstrate how a person's energy flows and how to make corrections. She will also present techniques to release emotional stress through balancing the energy. You may find peace in the midst of chaotic situations. Before world peace comes, we can find peace within us - that is inner peace. Then, we may also bring outer peace. We can start making a peaceful environment within our body. PEACE BEGINS WITH ME!

    Dr Chrystal Davis
    Dr. Crystal J. Davis is a leadership consultant, author, researcher, and blogger. A former grant administrator with the U.S. Department of Education, she has over two decades of experience in leadership and management, not-for-profit executive experience, university level student services, federal grant writing, and administration which she leverages to help clients to produce meaningful organizational and personal results. She is a research affiliate with the Center for Workplace Diversity, Spirituality in the workplace research team (University of Phoenix), and an active member of both the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and the Servant Leadership Institute. She has authored a book, " Leading from Within: The Spirituality of Servant Leadership" and is currently in publication on her second book; "Servant Leadership and Followership: Examining the Impact on Workplace Behaviour."Dr. Crystal authors a weekly learning blog on Servant Leadership that is located at www.crystaljdavis.com. She lives in Kansas with her son and understands the joy of being a mom raising an emerging servant Leader. Ultimately, it is all about the way of service.

    Doyle Banks: Nonviolent Communications "
    How To Create Meaningful Dialogue In These Trying Times"
    It would be an understatement to say that there is a whole lot of angst and anxiety in the air these days, both in our nation and around the world. People threatening nuclear warfare, pouring out into the streets in protests, destroying decades of progress in environment care, relationships falling apart at all levels of life. And if you listen closely, you may notice that our voices are getting louder and more strident while at the same time, we seem to be less and less able to truly hear each other. So, what do we do?
    In his presentation, "How To Create Meaningful Dialogue In These Trying Times", Doyle Banks, a Nonviolent Communication Educator based in Portland, Oregon, will share three critical steps you can take in any conflict situation to bring about a meaningful dialogue between yourself and others. You can even use these as a "mediator" (official or unofficial) between two people/parties at odds with one another to effect peaceful, even cooperative resolutions.

    Come experience the power of Nonviolent Communication and be inspired for the possibilities of meaningful dialogue in your life and in the world.

    Doyle Banks was first introduced to Nonviolent Communication by a close friend in 2009. He began studying, practicing and teaching NVC soon after. Over the years since then, Doyle has witnessed the power of empathic connection to bring reconciliation, healing and peace to dozens of people in many life situations such as dating, marriages, families, business environments, spiritual communities and the civil/political arena.

    He offers workshops, classes and public presentations on NVC. Doyle also works with individuals, couples, families and groups through Life Coaching with an emphasis on applying Nonviolent Communication skills to create compassionate, harmonious and effective relationships. Doyle is also part of the Dharma Teachers Council at the Portland Insight Meditation Community in Southeast Portland.

    Kilong Ung: Golden Leaf & The Healing Power of Forgiveness
    Kilong Ung is a business owner and a local State Farm agent. He survived the Cambodian genocide and came to the U.S. in 1979. He did not speak English when he started high school. He graduated from Cleveland High School and Reed College. He completed his master's degree in statistics at Bowling Green State University. He started his consulting career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and later became a software engineer for over twenty years, before he started to build his insurance and financial services business.

    He is also the founder of Golden Leaf Education Foundation (GLEF). Notable accomplishments include his memoir Golden Leaf, a role in the reality TV show Deadliest Warrior, Wordstock Author, CCHSA Distinguished Alumni Award, and Roosevelt H.S. Freedom Fighter. His speaking venues include Columbia, MIT, and Rotary clubs. His roles in the community include Past President of the Cambodian-American Community of Oregon, a member of the Rotary Club of Portland, and a member of the Royal Rosarians. His foundation has thus far built four schools and three basketball courts in remote villages of Cambodia. He is married, his son is a freshman at University of Portland, and his daughter is a high school junior. His hobbies include golf, Facebook, tutoring, gym, and volunteering.

    Janice Cockrell: Unlearning Racism
    Janice Cockrell is a mother and grandmother, a pediatric rehabilitation doctor, and a member of the Baha'i Faith. Her passion for healing racism comes not only from her faith, which focuses on the oneness of mankind, but also from the fact that she has family members who are Hispanic, Black, White, African, East Asian and Middle Eastern.

    She has partnered with a close friend to facilitate a discussion group dedicated to unlearning racism. Individuals of various faiths and ethnic backgrounds participate in this biweekly discussion, educating themselves about hidden biases and institutional racism, and practicing defusing uncomfortable situations in which one might find one's self. She has also conducted a workshop for teachers at a local high school focused on increasing their comfort level with discussions about racism.

    Thank you to the West Columbia Gorge Rotary Club for their generous financial support for this conference.