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Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center’s

7th Conference for Educators, Administrators, Activists and Students
Saturday, February 9th, 2019, 9 AM – 4 PM
1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette, California
(peaceful campus of Springstone School at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, adjacent to and overlooking Las Trampas Creek)

This year’s theme: Building Bridges Not Walls

Join us for an all-day conference featuring experienced speakers and interactive workshops to provide both educators, community members, activists and students with tools and resources for enhancing peace, understanding, and communication in their schools and daily lives.

Topic strands include: Mindfulness, Peace Through Expression, Elementary Education and Building Bridges in the Community

Keynote Speaker:
LAUREN MARKHAM, Community School Program Manager, Oakland International High School and Author of The Faraway Brothers (2017)  

Markham has worked in a variety of positions over the past decade in support of refugees, immigrants and vulnerable youth, with a focus on the intersection between education and migration. She has served as a caseworker and a resettlement capacity worker for the International Rescue Committee in Oakland, the Senior Programs Coordinator for Refugee Transitions and as a consultant for the Oakland Unified School District’s Refugee & Asylee Student Assistance Program. Having worked with youth and families in Boston, Vermont, San Francisco, Oakland, El Salvador and Uganda, Lauren speaks Spanish, French and a fair amount of Luganda.Her book, The Faraway Brothers, Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, is based on the true story of a set of twins escaping poverty and gang violence in El Salvador.  They grew up in a rural community in the wake of a civil war and eventually made their way through Mexico and across the Rio Grande to stay with an estranged brother in Oakland.  Markham met them at the high school where she works as a refugee coordinator and through this book offers an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience.


General Public: $50 / Students: FREE / Peace Center Members: $40
Lunch and morning snacks included!
Networking and educational resource opportunities!
​BART transfers (from Lafayette station) available!
Free and plentiful parking