UNI's Center for Urban Education to host S.H.I.N.E. Young Women's Conference

UNI NEWS SERVICES – The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) will host the S.H.I.N.E. Young Women's Conference for Educational Talent Search middle and high school students in the Waterloo Community School District Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6. Middle school students will attend March 5, and high school students will attend March 6.

Diana Patton
Inspirational speaker, Diana Patton, is the keynote for the conference.

The S.H.I.N.E. Conference, which stands for Strong, Healthy, Independent, Natural and Empowered, gives participants the opportunity to celebrate the power they hold for today and for their future. Students will join other young women from UNI-CUE's Educational Talent Search Program and outstanding female presenters who will give insight on how to be the best person they are meant to be.

Diana Patton, a dynamic and inspirational speaker who travels the world, will be the morning keynote speaker. Patton presents to organizations and women's groups on identity, improving self-image and leading personal change. An attorney and former business executive, she consults with companies on their diversity efforts and improving employee engagement. Patton believes that each student has physical, emotional, social and character development needs that are educational priorities. During her presentation, she will share her monumental journey through abuse, racism and heartache to prove no barrier is too high and no obstacle is too great.

"I want schools to really care about people," said Patton in one of her YouTube videos. "So if a young person is struggling, there are actually teams of people who will dive in and help that young person get to a state of understanding his or her self-worth."

The conference will also feature interactive breakout sessions discussing personal wellness and self-care, a lunch discussion with guest of honor Gaëtane Jean-Marie, dean of UNI's College of Education, and additional breakout sessions with UNI's College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, Allen College, Dupaco Credit Union, Amani Community Services and Black Hawk County Extension.

In addition to the S.H.I.N.E. Young Women's Conference, UNI will host Patton for a free presentation to UNI students, faculty, staff and guests at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

For more information about the S.H.I.N.E. Young Women's Conference, contact Sunni Kegebein, director of Educational Talent Search, at sunni.kegebein@uni.edu or 319-273-4784 or Janet Priemer, recruiter and advisor for Educational Talent Search, at priemerj@uni.edu or 319-273-4791.


Sunni Kegebein, director, Educational Talent Search, 319-273-4784, sunni.kegebein@uni.edu

Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761