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First Diversity Colloquium to feature UNI student

September 8, 2017

Marybeth Stalp, department head, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, 319-273-6235,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host its first Diversity Colloquium of the fall semester from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the ScholarSpace in Rod Library. Niria White, a UNI junior majoring in history and McNair Scholar, will be the featured speaker with a presentation titled "African-American Labor History in Waterloo."

White is currently working on a research project and a Grout Museum exhibit that narrates the impact of African-American workers in Waterloo. Her talk traces African-American settlement in Waterloo during the Great Migration and beyond, focusing on the many contributions to the city of Waterloo using historical records, artifacts and personal interviews. By exploring the history of African-Americans in Waterloo, White counters the idea that African-Americans have only been politically active during the Civil Rights era. White's Grout Museum exhibit opens on Sept. 16.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, Department of History, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, McNair Scholars Program, Office of the President and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.