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Season of Nonviolence: Justice Adrienne Nelson

Tuesday, 3/3/2020 from 6 p.m. to 3/4/2020 at 11:30 a.m.

Bend and Redmond campuses

Scholar talk features Oregon Supreme Court Justice

The first African American on the Oregon Supreme Court is a featured visiting speaker for Central Oregon Community College’s (COCC) 2020 Season of Nonviolence as it moves into its March schedule: March 3 and 4. Events are free and open to the public; attendees are encouraged to RSVP at The national Season of Nonviolence honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahātmā Gandhi and others who believed in nonviolent efforts to advocate for human rights.

Justice Adrienne Nelson will speak about her life experiences at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the Bend campus’s Wille Hall and at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at the Redmond campus’s Technology Education Center, Room 209. She’ll share elements of her life story, from being the first person of color selected as valedictorian at her Arkansas high school to serving as the first African American on the Oregon Supreme Court.

Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court in 2018. She is a frequent speaker on topics of diversity, inclusion, equity, leadership and professional development. She sits on the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Public Education and is the Oregon delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.

For more information on these events, contact Charlotte Gilbride, coordinator for the COCC Foundation’s Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program, at 541-383-7257 or

The 2020 Season of Nonviolence Program is co-organized by the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program and COCC’s Diversity and Inclusion office, with sponsorship support from The Oregon Community Foundation, St. Charles Health System, Cascades Academy of Central Oregon, Oregon Humanities and Fairfield Inn by Marriott. In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola at 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Disability Services at 541-383-7583.

Justice Adrienne Nelson