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UNI to host conference on African-American children and families

December 22, 2011

Gloria Holmes, associate professor, curriculum and instruction, 319-273-2007,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The first annual Conference on African-American Children and Families will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in the Schindler Education Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The conference is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, social workers, health professionals, business leaders and anyone committed to improving the lives of children.

The conference will promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American children and families. Participants will spend the day networking and meeting with new colleagues to help improve the quality of lives for children and families.

Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will focus on the future of African-American families and children. Keynote speakers and topics include Jan Spivey Gilchrist, author and illustrator, "Family Literacy, a Time to Share;" Iheoma U. Uruka, research assistant professor in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Journey of Our Children: Hope for the Future;" and Chrishirella Warthen, school administration consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Black Girls Interrupted: Restoring Life-Enhancing Developmental Foundations."

A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at the UNI Center for Multicultural Education. Many of the same keynote speakers will address a variety of topics and dinner will be served.

To register or for more information, visit or contact Gloria Holmes, UNI associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or