Humanity Through Community

“Addressing our individual and collective suffering, we will find ways to heal and recover that can be sustained, that can endure from generation to generation.” –Bell Hooks, 1995

You are invited to gather together with us for Humanity Through Community, an event engaging the challenges of community in a changing context. This year we are excited to feature two extraordinary women, community organizer and politician Nikkita Oliver together with scholar Robin DiAngelo, for an engaging event on the theme Healing and Resilience.

Through speakers, panel discussion, and breakout conversations, this one day conference will bring together a broad coalition of socially engaged people of faith in a unique event to critically engage the challenges of our changing community, network with diverse others, and network with a unique cross section of leaders, advocates and organizations with a mutual concern for community.

Breakout Conversations will be curated for folks engaging in the following capacities:

  • Systems/Policy
  • Community/Organization
  • Mentors/Educators
  • Healers/Helping Professionals

Humanity Through Community is an annual event hosted by The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, gathering socially engaged thinkers, practitioners, artists, and organizations to foster conversation, awareness, skill-building, and advocacy as we work toward living, working, and leading in culturally responsive ways.

Lunch will be provided. Four (4) continuing education units are available for participants who register for CEUs.

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Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and books, including, “What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

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Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, teaching artist, attorney, and organizer. Her writing has appeared in the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, and the Stranger. Olivers holds a J.D. and Masters of Education from the University of Washington. She is also the case manager for Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration, and has worked for arts organizations such as Writers in the Schools and the Arts Corp.

Nikkita is a voice for large scale criminal justice transformation, police accountability, and racial equity. She ties her work as a community organizer, artist and attorney together through storytelling. She believes that understanding the stories we do and do not tell are key to our transformation. If we do not tell whole honest stories, how can we be whole honest people and communities.

Nikkita is the recipient of the 2017 Community Legal Services Imagine Justice Visionary of the Year, the University of Washington Women’s Law Caucus Outstanding Achievement as a Young Lawyer Award (2017), the Seattle Office of Civil Rights Artist Human Rights Leader Award (2015), and the 2014 Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Champion. She has opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy and performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert.