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Poverty Summit to be held at UNI

March 7, 2013

Allen Hays, director, Public Policy Program, 319-273-2910,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will hold the conference Poverty Summit: Understanding Poverty in Iowa and the U.S., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 8, in the Old Central Ballroom in Maucker Union.

The keynote speech will be given at 9 a.m. by Heidi Shierholz, an economist on the staff of the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit research institution in Washington, D.C. that specializes in economic inequality and labor market economics. Another speech will be given at 1 p.m. by Robin Jarrett, a professor in the Department of African-American Studies at the University of Illinois, whose research focuses on coping strategies for low-income African-American families and children in inner-city neighborhoods.

The conference will also include workshops on various aspects of poverty in Iowa, including its impact on education and families, the impact of the criminal justice system on poverty and how to successfully advocate for effective anti-poverty programs.

The cost for registration is $35. For additional information or to register, contact Allen Hays, director of UNI's Public Policy Program, at 319-273-2910 or