2018 Statewide THRIVE Conference


“Social justice is concerned with breathing life into the heart of what it means to be a community”
~ Shaun Griffin, Community Chest

The THRIVE Conference showcases the impressive humanitarian work happening in Nevada. Health and human services providers, teachers, community volunteers, public service employees, and many others come together for this event. The intent is to provide a forum for education and networking while unifying this diverse group under the context of social justice as too many fail to grasp the potentially transformative nature of their work.



8:30      Registration 

9:00      Welcome by Michael-Ann Lazzarino, Community Chest Deputy Director 

9:10      Student poetry reading of “The Desert People” by Farah Rashdan 

9:15      Presentation: Tu Casa Latina, “Challenges Facing Immigrant Survivors Today” 

9:30      Presentation: ACTIONN Executive Director JD Klippenstein, “Faith in Action” 

9:45      Presentation: State Senator Julia Ratti, “Affordable Housing 101: From Housing to Healthcare”

10:00    Break/Networking

10:15   Presenter-Led Workshops

South Classroom (1st Floor): Tu Casa Latina
This workshop is geared towards understanding the effects of immigration
policy and giving immigrant communities tools for empowerment. We’ll
look at barriers that undocumented survivors face, as well as the
immigration policies that affect them. With understanding and empathy,
we’ll discuss how best to serve undocumented individuals and families
impacted by violence. As well, we’ll see how individual and collective
actions can improve the safety of every member of our communities.

Great Room (1st Floor): ACTIONN
Home Means Nevada 2018 – This will be a deep dive into the strategy
behind our Home Means Nevada campaign and the work we are doing to
establish and fund an Affordable Housing Trust Fund in Washoe County.
The goal of the workshop is for participants to walk away with a more
effective framework for grassroots organizing and advocacy.

Library (2nd Floor): State Senator Julia Ratti
Building an Affordable Nevada Together

11:00     Break/Networking

11:15    Open Mic, Moderated by Adrienne Sutherland, CCI Clinical Director
Participants invited to share any “take-aways” from AM workshops

11:30   Presentation of Social Justice Superhero Awards

11:50    Closing Remarks and Send Off by Erik Schoen, CCI Executive Director

Read about this year’s social justice superheroes!

Adult: Todd Bodensteiner, Educator, Swope Middle School, Reno

Adult: Stacy Gilbert, Executive Director, Storey County Senior Center, Virginia City

Agency: Eddy House, Reno

Youth: Students Taking on Prevention (STOP) Youth Team, Churchill Community Coalition