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UNI conference to focus on racial equity

March 28, 2011

Allen Hays, director, UNI Public Policy program, 319-273-2910,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The vital issues of racial equity in local communities will be the topic of a conference at the University of Northern Iowa. "Community and Inequality: Moving Towards Racial Justice in Local Communities" will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m on Friday, April 15, in the Georgian Lounge in the UNI commons.

The conference will feature two distinguished scholars on urban affairs. Todd Swanstorm, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will speak at 9 a.m. on the overall impact of inequality on community decisions and life. Gregory Squires, of George Washington University, will speak at 1 p.m. on housing discrimination, in particular as it relates to Internet housing searches.

Each presentation will be followed by a reaction panel consisting of individuals knowledgeable about local problems. The panels will feature Buck Clark, mayor of Waterloo; Jon Crews, mayor of Cedar Falls; and Abraham Funchess, director, Waterloo Commission on Human Rights.

Registration for the conference, which includes lunch, is $15. The keynote addresses are free and open to the public. The UNI Graduate Program in Public Policy, UNI Department of Political Science and the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights are sponsoring the event. The Waterloo Commission's sponsorship is in honor of April being National Fair Housing Month. For more information, contact Allen Hays at 319-273-2910.