Education Summit focuses on challenging inequity and injustice in education and health

UNI's Maucker Union


The 2019 Education Summit at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) will feature presentations and conversations centered on “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practice: Challenging Systemic Inequity and Injustice in Education and Health” on Nov. 11 and 12 at the Maucker Union. 

The conference focus is a result of a 10-month listening and learning tour conducted by the Center for Educational Transformation (CET) director and staff, which resulted in a list of critical and emerging issues reported by Iowans and observed across the nation. 

“Cultural responsiveness, equity, and mental health and trauma issues in the schools were some of the most commonly reported subjects,” said Lisa Hooper, CET director and Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair for Research. “The need to foster collaborations across disciplines, sectors and communities was made clear during the 10-month tour.” 

The summit is led by the Center for Educational Transformation, an Iowa state legislative center, located within the College of Education. Keynote speakers include: Malik Henfield, dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Education; Tamika La Salle, associate professor at Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut; Ahmad Washington, assistant professor in College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville.

“This diverse array of speakers and topics reflects University of Northern Iowa’s leadership in educator preparation for Iowa and beyond,” said Colleen Mulholland, interim dean for the UNI College of Education.

In addition to the keynote speakers, UNI faculty and other invited speakers, school officials, health leaders, citizens and students will present and participate. This includes 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year Christopher Burke, a Dubuque teacher, and 2019 Iowa School Psychologist of the Year Nicole Skaar, on the UNI College of Education faculty. 

Provost Jim Wohlpart said that "As a leader in educator preparation in the state and the nation, it is critical that we move our understanding, knowledge and practice forward in addressing the intersections of education, health and culture."

This is the fourth Education Summit since the inaugural summit held in 2015. The summit is possible thanks to the generous support of the Richard O. Jacobson College of Education Strategic Program Endowment.


To sign up and see a list of sessions, visit the online site