Mt. Hood’s fifth annual peace and nonviolence conference isn’t until April, but students who want to participate in the essay or presentation contest can contact RoseAnn Kennett, an academic adviser with the TRiO-SSS program, at The West Columbia Gorge Rotary Club is awarding $50 to three Mt. Hood students and three local high schoolers for best essay or presentations on peace- and justice-related issues.

The Peace and Justice from the Heart Conference will celebrate Nobel Peace Prize recipients and leaders of nonviolent resistance, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. There will be exhibits, workshops, talks, and panels that cover unlearning racism, mindfulness, nonviolent communication, dances of universal peace, local peace, and social justice activism.

The event will be hosted on Thursday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union.

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