African American Children and Families Conference

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

February 21-22, 2019


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


Daniel Spikes

Daniel SpikesDaniel Spikes is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Organizations and Policy at Iowa State University (ISU). His research interests focus on racial disparities in educational outcomes and the policies and practices of school districts, schools, and school leaders that serve to perpetuate and/or ameliorate these disparities. He also focuses on the professional development of adult learners on cultural proficiency and/or anti-racism and how this development contributes to the improvement of racial outcomes. He has delivered professional development sessions and talks throughout the country to various groups and organizations, including educational, religious, professional, and civic and service organizations.   

Prior to working at ISU, he served as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher and high school administrator in Lufkin, TX. In addition, he worked as an adjunct faculty member at Angelina Community College, as the Assistant Director for Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs, and as the District Site Coordinator for the federally funded Principalship Program at UT-Austin. He is the proud husband of Garisa Spikes and the proud father of three beautiful daughters: Madeline, Hannah, and Gabriella.

group of professionals at state house

Pastors Marvin D. Jenkins, Union Baptist Church, Robert L. Holmes, Mount Moriah Baptist Church and Thomas Flint, Payne A.M.E. Church visit the State Capital on family issues 


Thursday, February 22, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 pm, Maucker Union, University of Northern Iowa

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daniel Spikes

4:30-5:00 pm

5:00-5:10 pm
Opening Remarks/Overview, Dean, College of Education, UNI, Dr. Gaetane Jean-Marie

5:10-5:20 pm
Introduction of Keynote Speaker

5:20-6:00 pm
Keynote Address: Dr. Daniel Spikes

6:00-6:10 pm
Response to Keynote Address, Dr. Wilfred, Mickye Johnson, Classic Upward Bound

6:10-6:40 pm
Supper- (Buffet Style)

6:45-7:15 pm
Focused Panel Discussion: “The Black Church: Hope for Black Families”


  • Rev. Marvin Jenkins, Pastor, Union Missionary Baptist Church, Waterloo, Ia
  • Rev. Thomas Flint, Payne African Methodist Episcopal Church, Waterloo, Ia.
  • Rev. Robert L. Holmes, Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Waterloo, Ia.

7:15-7:30 pm
Setting the Stage for Breakout Groups- Dr. Gail Thompson

7:30-7:45 pm
Overview of Assigned Facilitated Dialogue/Conversations, Dr. Gloria Kirkland Holmes, Pre-conference, Conference Coordinator

7:45-7:50 pm
Transition to Groups: Groups will have starter conversational questions

7:50-8:40 pm

  • Group 1: Bob Tyson
  • Group 2: Dr. Tiffany Flowers
  • Group 3: Dr. Wilfred “Mickye” Johnson
  • Group 4: Pastors Jenkins, Holmes & Flint
  • Group 5: Dr. Daniel Spikes
  • Group 6: Rose Loggins

8:40-8:45 pm
Transition Back to Large Group

8:45-9:00 pm
Group Report-outs