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UNI co-sponsors fifth annual conference on race <br>

October 24, 2002

Al Hays, director, UNI master's in public policy program, (319) 274-2719
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's master's in public policy program will co-sponsor the fifth annual Cedar Valley Conference on Race, 'Bridging the Divide,' from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at Hawkeye Community College.

The keynote address will be given by Al Vivian, president of Atlanta-based Basic Action Strategies and Information Center Inc. Vivian graduated from Morehouse College and served as an equal opportunity officer for the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1991. He studied at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Clifton Taulbert, founder and president of the Building Community Institute in Tulsa, Okla., will be the plenary session speaker. The institute is based on the principles outlined in Taulbert's book, 'Eight Habits of the Heart,' USA Today's 1998 choice for book to 'enrich our minds and lives.'

Workshop presenters will be Vivian; Eddie Moore, dean of intercultural life at Central College in Pella; Jim Day, local speech/language pathologist; Lou Porter, director of development for KBBG Radio; and Salome Raheim of the University of Iowa.

Other conference sponsors are the Waterloo mayor's office, the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, the Cedar Valley Diversity Appreciation Team, John Deere Community Credit Union, KBBG-FM, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Registration fee of $50 is due by Nov. 8. For more information, contact the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, (319) 291-4441.