Finding the Center Conference Update

Thank you to everyone who attended Finding the Center 2011 on April 9th! We had a wonderful turnout with ninety-five attendees enrolled in our unique workshop tracks for students, educators, law enforcement officials, and business and community members. Workshops focused on grassroots coalition building, leadership skills, effective communication skills for interpersonal negotiations, using social media tools for social justice work, selecting doable volunteer projects, and gaining a better understanding of bias incidents and hate crimes in our region.

Also, thank you to all attendees who took the time to fill out evaluations at the end of the conference. We had overwhelmingly positive feedback overall, as well as great suggestions for improvement and for topics and themes at future conferences. We will offer a second evaluation opportunity at the Follow-Up Finding the Center Meeting on Saturday, November 5th (see details under Events tab), where we will invite you to provide feedback on the long-term effectiveness of conference materials and topics. We invite you to join us on November 5th for lunch, discussion and feedback concerning Finding the Center training, as well as for discussion concerning the formation of the Northwest Coalition for Human Rights. Those who cannot attend this meeting will be mailed copies of the second evaluation, and we encourage you to provide us with your comments via mail.

We plan to incorporate all your comments and feedback into our next Finding the Center Conference, planned for the fall of 2013. We are transitioning the conference into a biennial event, to be held in the fall on the University of Idaho campus. This will allow us to take turns with the Women’s Leadership Conference, which is offered by the University of Idaho Women’s Center. (The next Women’s Leadership Conference will be held in fall 2012.) We look forward to working towards Finding the Center 2013, and we hope the formation of the Northwest Coalition for Human Rights will strengthen our conference offerings.

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About nwchr

The Northwest Coalition for Human Rights (NWCHR) exists to facilitate connections and communication among organizations and individuals who are engaged in human rights and social justice work in the Northwest region of the United States, with special focus on the Inland Northwest. The coalition, inspired by Bill Wassmuth's former Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment, will give strength to those working at the local level by allowing them to share resources, information, and ideas, as well as making them part of a larger support system. The University of Idaho Office of Human Rights, Access, and Inclusion (HRAI) in Moscow serves as the administrative home for the NWCHR, and the Coalition strives to build strong membership from throughout Idaho and eastern Washington, as well as from other parts of the Northwest region. All are welcome to join NWCHR and give their input.
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