African American Children and Families Conference

The Power of Our People, Strength Through History, Culture, Hope, Experience and Collective Stories

February 21-22, 2019

Conference Schedule

This schedule is subject to change

Friday, February 23, 2018

Schindler Education Ceneter, University of Northern Iowa


Positive support for families- Black Grandparents Make A Difference Too7:30-8:00 am
Registration & Refreshments

8:00-8:10 am
Union Steppers Drill Team- Pastor Marvin Jenkins

8:10-8:18 am
End the Violence- Rappers- Dr. Shuaib Meacham

8:18- 8:22 am
National Black Anthem - Celeste Bembry

8:22-8:30 am
Greetings, Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs, Dr. Jim Wohlpart

8:30-8:35 am
Greetings, Dean, College of Education, Dr. Gaetane  Jean-Marie

8:35-8:40 am
Introduction of Speaker, the Honorable Mayor Quentin Hart, City of Waterloo

8:40- 9:20 am
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gail Thompson- “You Can Make the Difference"

9:20-9:30 am
Break

9:35-10:35
Simultaneous Sessions

  • Large Group Session A- A Talk with Waterloo’s Director of Safety, Dan Trelka- “Family Matters”
  • Large Group Session B- Youth Keynote Speaker-Marshaundus Robinson (Youth leave to go to this session, other participants stay for Session A)

10:40-11:40 am
Breakout Session 1

(Lunch is now available in Ballroom Lobby 11:45 am until 12:50 pm)

11:45- 12:45
(Featured Guest Speakers- Flowers, Tate and Meacham)

12:45- 2:00 pm
Specialized Session- PANEL: IOWA JUVENILE JUSTICE JUDGES
Judge Block, Judge Staudt, Ms. Ruth Frush,
Facilitator: Dave Kuker

2:00- 3:00 pm
Breakout Session 2

3:00-3:55 pm
Community Forum, Dr. Tim Eatman

Community Engagement- The University-Connecting With Families in the Community- Administration, Faculty, and Students- Taking An Active Role

3:55- 4:00 pm
Certificates, ceus, closing actions

*Sessions designed specifically for youth will be highlighted on conference program