Dr. Dwight Watson
Dean of the College of Education

Welcome to the 4th Annual African American Children and Families Conference. We at the University of Northern Iowa are proud and privileged to offer an array of interesting and engaging speakers, workshops and dialogue pertaining to the education, citizenry and well-being of African American children and families. Our theme this year is a Chorus of Voices: Connecting the Community Through Conversation. This theme calls for active participation and solution seeking from a wide variety of participants.  Please join us for this momentous event and add your voice to the chorus.

A Message from Dr. Dwight Watson, Dean, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa

The College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa cordially invites you to the 4th annual African American Children and Families Conference. This seminal event showcases national and local scholars and practitioners who provide expertise in the education and support mechanisms that are necessary to support and empower the African American community. We welcome you in joining us as we celebrate African American heritage and create pathways for learners to become career, college, and citizenry ready.

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The First 100 full time UNI students to register will receive an autographed copy of A is for Attitude!

African American Read-in

Thursday, February 19- 9:00 am- 1:30 pm- Maucker Union, Featuring: UNI- featured children's author, Bryan Collier and Special African American Cultural Storyteller- Nothando Zulu

Pre-Conference Institute of African-American Children and Families

Thursday, February 19- 5:00-9:00 pm- Special Focus: African American Males and Females: Empowerment for Success - It Takes The Whole Village! Schindler Education Center (Supper Served)

Conference on African-American Children and Families

Friday, February 20, 2015, 8:00 am- 4:00 pm., Schindler Education Center, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, policy makers, social workers, health professionals, business leaders and anyone committed to improving the lives of children!

This conference will promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American children and families. Spend the day networking, sharing and meeting new colleagues to help improve the quality of lives of children and families.

Specialized Speaker: Dr. Theodora Pinnock, Pediatrician -  Special Community Forum and Dialogue-Conversation: "Will those with the Real Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Please Stand Up? - What Families Really Need to Know" 

Door Prizes Every Hour on day of Conference!

African American Books for Children for all paid registrants!


Dr. Gloria Gibson

5818 Nordic Dr
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
*Sponsoring hotel (will give back to the conference if you stay here)

Cedar Falls Clarion Inn
5826 University Avenue
Price: $84.00 single or double
Map to Clarion Inn

Country Inn & Suites
2910 South Main Street
Price: $85.00 single or double
Use code: 1202AACFFS to get the special rate.

To reserve your room at a reduced conference rate, call by February 1st and use conference code: AAC


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