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New UNI lecture series to tackle Latino and elderly issues

October 12, 2003

Phyllis Baker, associate dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, (319) 273-2109
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will launch a community lecture series in November. Dubbed, 'The Changing Face of Iowa,' the series provides the Cedar Valley information, education and expertise to help tackle community issues.

The first of two programs this academic year will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education on the UNI campus. The title of the panel presentation is 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Issues Affecting Latino Youth.' The discussion is in conjunction with a presentation by Francisco Villarruel, associate professor of Family & Child Ecology and research associate in the Institute for Children, Youth and Families at Michigan State University, about Latino youth and the U.S. justice system.

'This series is a chance for the CSBS faculty to share our expertise and start a dialogue with community experts that will help support economic and cultural development in the Cedar Valley,' said Phyllis Baker, CSBS associate dean. 'We want to strengthen and build relationships with alumni, the business community, community support services, and enhance student recruitment.'

The second of this year's programs will take place on March 26. The time and location are not yet set. The topic will be issues facing Iowa's growing elderly population.

For more information about the lecture series, contact the UNI CSBS at (319) 273-2221.