African American Children and Families Conference

Pass It On: Lessons Learned from Our Ancestors

February 22-23, 2018


Welcome to the 7th Annual African American Children and Families Conference, 2018. We at the University of Northern Iowa are proud and honored to offer many interesting, engaging and culturally relevant voices connecting the voices of the past to the present and future. Culturally relevant speakers, workshops and open conversations will highlight this year's conference. Lessons learned from the past will make this conference a positive, cultural and educational sharing of ideas and experiences for attendees. Our theme this year is "Pass It On: Lessons Learned from Our Ancestors."

Special Attraction: Juvenile Justice Judges Speak out on A Panel

Meet some of Iowa's judges who know the importance of family engagement, prevention and intervention to help decrease the number of youth entering the juvenile justice system. Black Hawk County has one of the highest number of African American youth in the juvenile justice system. What can we do to make a difference? Designed for all conference participants to engage!


As we approach the 7th year of the University of Northern Iowa's Conference on African American Children and Families, we are happy to present a diverse and well prepared presenters and researchers to share about the lives and experiences of African American children and families. This conference is one of the few nationally and internationally addressing relevant issues that presents a strength-based approach to children and families. Participants are community and state-wide representatives such as educators, faculty, staff, administrators, school personnel, law enforcement, social workers, psychologists, parents as well as middle and high school and university students.

We are a team of supporters ensuring the delivery of culturally relevant information, providing resources and documentation reigniting the power to focus on the unique strengths and needs of Black children. The emphasis of a strengths-based model decries the all-to-often deficit-focused model imposed upon Black children and their families. With the support of the University of Northern Iowa's administration, faculty, students and representatives of our local and statewide communities, we must forge ahead reigniting the forces. We must be more determined now than ever that our graduates who leave the university be prepared to make unbiased and supportive decisions as they venture out into the world working with diverse populations. With Iowa's changing diverse population, the time is now to help implement the university's strategic plan on diversity, inclusion and community engagement. We too are apart of the mission of the National Black Child Development's message of improving and advancing the quality of life for Black children and their families through education, support and advocacy.

Pre-Conference Institute of African-American Children and Families

Thursday, February 22, 2018 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. Maucker Student Union, UNI

7th Annual Conference on African American Children and Families

Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:00 am- 4:00 pm. Schindler Education Center, UNI

Designed for educators, administrators, child care providers, law enforcement, policy makers, health care professionals, social workers, business leaders, middle and high school students as well as UNI students and faculty.

This conference will promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, ELL and the needs of African American children and families as well as others of diverse backgrounds. Come join us for a day of networking, sharing and meeting new colleagues to

Help improve the quality of life of children and families. Learn many new strategies and approaches to better relationships with many want to engage with you!

Classroom Management Book CoverAfrican Americans and Students of Diverse Backgrounds Book CoverThe first ten UNI students to register will receive a copy of either Effective Strategies and Approaches to Use with African Americans and Students of Diverse Backgrounds or Effective Strategies in Elementary Classroom Management


This conference meets the criteria for 6 continuing education hours for social workers, marriage and family therapists and Iowa Board of Certification (IBC) credentialed prevention and treatment professionals in addictions and other behavioral health fields for Friday, February 23, 2018.

A nonrefundable $10.00 processing fee will be required of the participant who is applying for CEUs.  Checks (no cash) will need to be made out separately to the UNI Department of Social Work with date and name of event in check memo and sent in prior to the time of the conference to:

Debra Laneville
UNI – Social Work Department Sabin, Room 235
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0405

Participants wanting CEUs will sign in at the onset of Friday's conference day and sign out at the end. A Certificate of Attendance will be available to all attendees at the completion of the training.  Please direct any Social Work CEU's questions to Jenny Becker, Social Work Department Director of Field Instruction at

Course Credit

Receive a 1 hour course credit by signing up for one of two courses offered through attendance at the Conference on African American Children and Families.

ELEMECML 4133/5133 Credit Flyer


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