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Nevada leaders to speak at statewide institute Sept. 7



buckley-0058-150x150-4104946-7830613The second annual statewide Rural and Urban Nevada Social Justice Institute will take place at the University of Nevada, Reno on Friday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom.

The event includes well-known Nevada leaders like former Assemblywoman Barbara Buckley, Nevada Statewide Native American Coalition Director Monty Williams, Catholic Charities’ Kyle Edgerton, PLAN organizer Stacey Shinn, Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence Program Director Kari Ramos, Nevada Hispanic Services’ advocate Rosa Molina, author and professor Dr. Susan Chandler, Healthy Communities Coalition’s Christy McGill and Freida Carbery, and Think Kindness founder Brian Williams.

Erik Schoen, Community Chest’s deputy director, explained, “The focus of this year’s conference is on what people can do to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods and communities.” All of the speakers have demonstrated extraordinary skills for involving people in ways that allow them to build their visions for their own communities.

In addition to workshops on topics like Social Justice for Native Americans, Inspiring Youth with Kindness, Migration Experiences and Immigration Issues, Sexuality and Violence, Developing Systems for Equitable Access to Nutritious Food, and Improving Communities in Spite of Dwindling Resources, members of the popular local slam poetry group, Spoken Views, will perform their work. And lastly, this year’s winners of the Social Justice Superhero award will be “umasked.”

This event was inspired and is being coordinated by Community Chest – a nonprofit organization based in Virginia City that strives to build healthy communities by providing social services, educational programs and a resource center to people in Northern Nevada.  The event is sponsored in part by Charles Schwab and NVEnergy.

Tickets may be purchased through the agency’s website at www.communitychestnevada.net.  For students, the price is $10; for all others, the price is $50.  For more information, please contact Schoen at 847-9311.

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