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UNI center cosponsors state conference on diversity

October 19, 2003

Michael Blackwell, director, Multicultural Education, (319) 273-2250
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education will cosponsor the second annual statewide conference of the Disproportional Minority Confinement Resource Center, 'Investing in Iowa's Youth, Investing in Iowa's Future,' Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 and 14, at the Des Moines Downtown Holiday Inn.

Guest speaker will be Gov. Tom Vilsack. 'A third of Iowa youth held in juvenile detention facilities are minorities, even though they make up only 9 percent of the state's youth population,' the governor said. 'This is an issue that we need to address.'

Also speaking will be Michael Leiber, UNI professor of sociology; and Jennifer Holladay, associate producer of 'Teaching Tolerance,' the anti-bias education project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Holladay will be at UNI on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11 and 12. Her topic will be 'White Privilege and Anti-Racist Advocacy.'

For more information about Holladay's address, contact Michael Blackwell, director of Multicultural Education at UNI, (319) 273-2250. For more information about the conference, visit the conference Web site,