UNI to host conference on African-American children and families

Posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host the fifth annual Conference on African-American Children and Families from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning in Maucker Union. A pre-conference will also take place in Maucker Union from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4. The theme of this year's conference is "Educate, Collaborate and Participate in Supportive Experiences of African-American Children and Families."

"This conference is held jointly with the African-American Read-In and allows for a diverse team of people who are concerned about and have the desire to learn more about the racial, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic status of African-American children and families," said Gloria Kirkland Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction. "This conference offers genuine, first-hand opportunities to network, gain current and new resources as well as meeting some of the top local, state, national and international leaders who provide data and research focusing on African-American children and families."

The events are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty and middle and high school students. For more information or to register, visit or contact Kirkland-Holmes at 319-273-2007 or