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UNI to host conference on African-American children and families

December 7, 2012

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

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The second annual Conference on African-American Children and Families will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, 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. The keynote speaker for the event is Marvin Lynn, associate dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lynn will present "The Social and Political Context of Education for African American Students in the United States."

A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in UNI's Maucker Union Elm Room. The pre-conference will feature Gevonee Ford, the founder and executive director of the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent and was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.

To register or for a complete list of speakers, visit or contact Gloria Holmes, UNI associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or