Huxley Speaker Series 5/18: Denise Attwood and Ric Conner on the Conscious Connections Foundation

Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:05pm

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

Location: Miller Hall 138

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Denise Attwood and Ric Conner will deliver their talk, “Conscious Connections Foundation: Earthquake Relief in Nepal,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Ric and Denise will present on the CCF, which was initially established to support rural health care and education for girls. After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, CCF was in a position, because of long term relationships, to provide quick, effective and continuing aid. The talk will include photos of Denise and Ric’s journey and CCF's projects such as rebuilding earthquake resistant houses, a school, clinic and educational scholarships for girls. Discussion will include the importance of systems thinking, relationships and the value of a Huxley education.

After Graduating from Huxley College, Ric Conner (class of 1985) and Denise Atwood (class of 1983) established Ganesh-Himal Trading LLC, through which they supply fairly traded products from Nepal to over 400 socially conscious and fair trade businesses throughout the US and Canada. In 2014, Denise co-founded the Conscious Connections Foundation (CCF) with their son Cameron Conner.  Denise graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Huxley College in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Washington Law School in 1988.  Ric graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Ecosystems in 1985.

The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information