UNI to host seventh annual African-American Children and Families Conference

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa- The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host the seventh annual African-American Children and Families Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23,in Maucker Union. A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb 22. The theme for this year’s conference is “Pass it On: Lessons Learned From Our Ancestors.”

This conference is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcers, policy makers, health care professionals, social workers, business leaders and students of all ages. The goal of the conference is to promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American families. Participants will engage in networking, sharing ideas and meeting new colleagues to improve the quality of life for African-American children and families.

The keynote speaker this year is Gail L. Thompson, the Wells Fargo Endowed Professor of Education at Fayetteville State University. Thompson has written multiple books, co-hosted radio programs and appeared on PBS television networks. In 2009, she was selected as a new member of the African-American Advisory Committee by the California Department of Education.

Both conferences are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty as well as middle and high school students. For more information or to register, visit aac.uni.edu/ or contact Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu


Gloria Kirkland-Homes, associate professor, curriculum and instruction, 319-273-2007, gloria.holmes@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu