Activist and attorney Nikkita Oliver to speak at Shoreline Community College

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Nikkita Oliver will speak at SCC
Nikkita Oliver, activist, teacher, artist, attorney, singer, and poet, will be the keynote speaker at Shoreline Community College on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:30pm, as a part of a week of events honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The College is located at 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133

“We are incredibly proud to welcome Nikkita Oliver to speak at Shoreline Community College,” said Dr. Marisa Herrera, Vice President of Students, Equity and Success. 
“Nikkita is an authentic voice speaking up on behalf of those most disproportionately disenfranchised in our community. She is described as a former Seattle mayoral candidate for the People’s Party, attorney, and community advocate, but those labels don’t do justice in describing her work as a transformational leader and coalition builder.”

Oliver will speak about the role of activism in social change; the importance of young people and students in social movements; and ways people can engage in the socio-political landscape wherever they live, work, or study.

“We want our students to know that they can engage and achieve real change in the issues they care about in their communities; they don’t have to travel far to make a positive difference,” added Herrera. 
“Nikkita Oliver tirelessly shows up for her community and works for and with youth with great passion and promise.”

Admission to the talk is free and the public is invited. There is a campus parking fee on weekdays until 4:00 pm. Learn more details about this event, organized by students and the department of Student Life.

About Nikkita Oliver

In 2017, Oliver ran for Mayor of Seattle as a representative for the People's Party of Seattle. While unsuccessful in her bid for mayor, she had many followers who supported her and her platform fiercely. In an interview with Seattle Met last July, she said it was youth who inspired her to run: they told her they don’t see people who look like them running for office.

Oliver graduated from the University of Washington where she received a Masters of Education and Juris Doctorate. At 31, she currently teaches part-time at both Washington Middle School and Franklin High School in addition to her work as a case manager with Creative Justice, an arts based, youth diversion program that provides alternatives to incarceration.

Oliver has been actively involved in social justice movements including Black Lives Matter and No Youth Jail. She received the Artist Human Rights Leader Award from the City of Seattle in 2015 for her spoken word work and activism with the Black Lives matter movement. In 2016, she collaborated with Macklemore on his song “White Privilege II”, and performed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

About Shoreline Community College

Founded in 1964 with leadership from the Shoreline School District and on land acquired with the help from the Boeing family, Shoreline Community College offers more than 100 excellent academic and professional/technical programs. The professional/technical programs at Shoreline are closely tied to industry and graduates gain the skills that help them quickly find employment in their chosen field.



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