• 7th Annual Peace and Justice Conference

  • Peaceful Resolutions: Racial Harmony and Justice - April 15, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Join us as we celebrate the lives of Nobel Peace Prize recipients and leaders of non-violent resistance. This event will be held via Zoom.

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    Time Activity or Speaker

    9 – 9:15 a.m.

    Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Slideshow

    9:15 - 10 a.m.

    Opening and Introduction – Laila Al-Amin
    Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) Staff: Roseann Kennett, Christine Edwards, Stephanie Herremans
    West Columbia Gorge Rotary Club: Karen Shaaf and their speakers
    International Sufi School of Peace and Service: Laila Al-Amin
    MHCC Staff: Traci Simmons, Doctor Abio Ayeliya, Calvin Walker and Ernesto Vasquez
    WFWP Region 5 Coordinator, Dr. Linda Nishikawa
    Executive Director, Red Lodge Transition Services, Ms. Trish Jordan

    Native American Welcome Prayer: Ms. Patricia Jordan

    10 – 10:45 a.m.

    Keynote - "You Are Enough: Meditation for Resilience and Radical Change" by Justin Michael Williams, author, transformational speaker and top-20 recording artist Meditation is not about relaxing, it’s about becoming more alive. And if you grew up in the struggle—overcoming homophobia, sexism, trauma, shame, depression, poverty, toxic masculinity, racism or social injustice—you need a different type of meditation… one that doesn’t pretend the struggle doesn’t exist. This isn’t your typical mindfulness workshop. In this session, you will learn how to use meditation to overcome what Justin calls “internal oppression,” and how to pinpoint the wounds that seem to be stopping you every time you try to grow. You’ll also be guided through a proprietary process of discovering your Unique Energy Signature so that you can experience what Justin calls “Radical Resilience.”

    10:45 – 11 a.m.

    Q & A with Justin Michael Williams

    11 – 11:45 a.m.

    “Liberating Us All” by Traci Simmons
    Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Mt. Hood Community College

    11:45 a.m. - Noon

    Q & A with Traci Simmons

    Noon – 12:30 p.m.

    Lunch Break

    12:30 -1 p.m.

    “Calming Stress and Anxiety” by Miyuki Pollman
    Certified Practitioner of Eden Energy Medicine, Body Talk and Flower Essence, Energy and Harmony

    1 – 1:45 p.m.

    “Nonviolent Language as a Tool for Racial Justice and Harmony” by Doyle Banks
    Facilitator, coach and trainer

    1:45 – 2 p.m.

    Q & A with Doyle Banks

    2 – 2:45 p.m.

    Peace Pole Presentation by Emeline Nguyen

    3 – 3:30 p.m.

    Panel Discussion – Take-aways and Actions
    Al Jubitz,
    President and founder of the Jubitz Family Foundation
    Traci Simmons, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at MHCC
    Ernesto Vasquez and Calvin Walter, MHCC Staff
    Maggie Steele, Education Coordinator for Peace in Schools
    Kacie Kennett, Elementary Educator

    3:30 p.m.

    Closing Remarks

    Speaker Bios

    Patricia Jordan

    Executive Director of Red Lodge Transition Services:

    Patricia is a co-founder of Red Lodge Transition Services. She has been working with women in prison, and has been an active volunteer working within the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC), since November 2000. 

    She received the ODOC Volunteer of the Quarter award in July 2011. Trish’s collaborative efforts working with the ODOC administration have resulted in several new programs and procedures being adopted state wide, on behalf of the Native American prison population.

    Trish has a Bachelor of Science degree and is certified in Peer Support Services. Trish also helps manage a small group of volunteers for Friends of Red Lodge, a small non-profit business, formed to help support the Women’s Transition Home.

    Justin Michael Williams

    From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window, to sharing the stage with Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, Justin Michael Williams knows well the power of healing to overcome.

    He is an author, transformational speaker, and top 20 recording artist who has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Grammy.com, Yoga Journal, Billboard.com, The Root and SXSW®. With his groundbreaking new book Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Justin has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness.

    Traci Simmons (she/her/hers)

    Traci Simmons is a longtime resident of Portland, Oregon. She currently serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mt. Hood Community College. Former roles include Dean of Student Development and Associate Dean of Student Development at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus.

    She holds an Associate Degree (PCC), Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences and Community Health Education, with a minor in Sociology (PSU), and a Masters of Education, Educational Leadership (Concordia University-Portland). Traci shows up in the world and the work with a deep commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

    Miyuki Pollmann

    Miyuki Pollmann practices EFT, Ho'oponopono Energy Daily Exercise, Certified BodyTalk, Eden’s Energy Medicine and is a Flower Essence Practitioner. She will present some techniques to balance your body energy and will demonstrate how a person's energy flows and how to make corrections. She will also present techniques to release emotional stress through balancing energy to find peace in the midst of chaotic situations.

    Doyle Banks

    Doyle Banks merges roles as an IT consultant, public school music teacher, nonviolent communication education and Buddha Dharma meditation teacher to show students and audiences the power of empathic connection, to bring about reconciliation, healing and peace to life situations such as dating, marriages, families, business environments, spiritual communities and the civil/political arena.

    Al Jubitz

    A native Oregonian, Al graduated from Yale University (BS) in 1966 and received his MBA from the University of Oregon, School of Business two years later. After a brief banking career in Cambridge, MA, Al and Nancy returned to Portland when he joined the family business (Jubitz Corporation) in 1969. His business career spanned numerous assignments including growing the DAT Services division over a period of 22 years prior to its sale in 2001 when he established his foundation.

    As President and founder of the Jubitz Family Foundation, Al oversees its grantmaking and partnerships with organizations that foster peacebuilding, environmental stewardship, and early childhood education. The Foundation’s main program, the War Prevention Initiative, is active in the academic research of peace science and is challenged by Al’s goal to prevent all war by the year 2030. In support of that goal Al co-founded the Rotary Action Group for Peace in 2012 and continues to volunteer daily.

    Emeline Nguyen

    Emeline Nguyen joined the City of Wood Village on August 25th as their new Assistant to the City Manager. Emeline grew up in the Orange County area located in Southern California. Inspired by her father’s philanthropic work, teachings of Buddhist philosophy, she always knew that whatever path she chose, her career would lead her to belong to something larger than herself.

    After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UC Irvine, she pursued her Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Community, Organization and Business Innovation from USC. While attending this program, she found a strong interest in policy and local governance. Before coming to Oregon, Emeline spent four years working for City Council District Eight, located in South-Central Los Angeles, which served over 252,000 constituents. Her approach to building a strong relationship with the community stems from Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson’s work that focused heavily on grassroots efforts. Her passion for working in underserved communities with limited resources allowed her to bring innovative ideas to the area she served. Some projects she worked on were implementing community programs, advocating for more city services, streamlining and increasing efficiency in casework processing, managing the department’s contracts and finances, overseeing the District Office’s Internship Program, and serving as the liaison for the Councilman between the residents and city departments.

    In Wood Village, her work is primarily in community events, outreach and citizen engagement, human resources, records management, working with the PSU Fellowship program, and assisting the City Manager on special projects. She does volunteer recruitment, solicits donations, and develops partnerships for the annual community events. Emeline also supports the PSU Fellow on the Development Opportunity Analysis, Public Engagement Toolkit, Financial Resources, and Municipal Code Review.

    Emeline has a deep passion for public service that draws upon the lessons learned from social work and public administration background. Her ability to empathize and look at critical issues through a different lens allows her to bring impactful solutions that she looks forward to sharing with the communities of Wood Village. Emeline is a proud Rotarian and spends her time volunteering during her free time. Aside from her enjoyment of outdoor activities, she enjoys reflecting and taking a moment to appreciate the simple things in life, as her late father always says, “The world is a beautiful place.” Emeline is beyond excited to start a new chapter in her life and serve the community with the utmost sincerity and respect.