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UNI to host conference on African-American children and families

February 18, 2013

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

Stacey Christensen, 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 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in the Schindler Education Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus. A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Elm Room in Maucker Union.

The event will consist of several breakout sessions on the subjects of education and diversity. The keynote speaker for the event is Marvin Lynn, associate dean of 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."

Lynn is considered an expert on race and education, and has done research on the work and lives of African-American male teachers and the impact of teacher beliefs on African-American students.

The pre-conference will feature Gevonee Ford, the founder and executive director of the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent, who was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House.

For more information, contact Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or