System of Support in the Cedar Valley -- sponsored by UNI, the College of Social Behavioral Sciences, TRIO Educational Opportunity Center and Center for Urban EducationThe University of Northern Iowa College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Educational Opportunity Center and Center for Urban Education welcome helping professionals to participate in the 2022 System of Support Conference.

Taking place on Friday, Nov. 18 at Hawkeye Community College’s Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center, 120 Jefferson Street in Waterloo, the conference will bring together elected officials, local leaders and community practitioners to review historical policies, unpack current realities and share efforts centered around moving the Cedar Valley towards a society without violence. 

Sessions include: 

  • Elder Abuse Prevention and Awareness
  • A School System Approach to Violence Prevention
  • Supporting Families in Overcoming Barriers and Breaking Cycles of Homelessness and Violence
  • Maps of Inequality: Redlining and the Legacy of Community Decay

Panel discussions:

  • Waterloo Safe Neighborhoods Commission: Meeting the Challenge of Gun Violence in Our Community
  • Refugee and Immigrant Issues: Statewide Efforts to Promote Unity through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

For additional details and to register online, visit Cost for the conference is $40 per person. The event is approved for six social work CEUs.


Amanda Jahnke Sauer, Marketing & Communications, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences,, 319-273-7197