Education, Justice and Equality: A Shared Responsibility

Welcome to the 12th Annual African American Children and Families Conference which carries the theme: Education, Justice and Equality: A Shared Responsibility.  This year's virtual event on February 17, 2023, once again promises to provide high quality and culturally relevant  presentations on topics that appeal to faculty, staff, professional colleagues and community friends and neighbors, locally and far beyond the Cedar Valley. 

Our parallel event, the African American Read-In, is scheduled for Thursday, February 16. Through this event, we plan to engage a growing number of first grade students across the state through African American literature and storytelling by renowned authors and illustrators. 

African American Children and Families Conference 2023

About the Conference

The College of Education started this conference 13 years ago with hopes of promoting diversity and better understanding among all people as we strive to help children attain positive goals in life through our educational mission. This conference engages local, state, regional, national and international stakeholders in meaningful dialogue and problem solving to serve African American children, families, communities and allies as we network to strengthen our collective perspectives on our campus community.

Who should attend?

Pre-service and in-service teachers, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, policy makers, social workers, health professionals, business leaders, employers, students, faculty, community members and anyone committed to improving the lives of children are encouraged to register. 

We gratefully acknowledge the support and sponsorship of Mark Nook, UNI president; Jose Herrera, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; and Colleen Mulholland, dean and professor, College of Education, for their support and sponsorship of this annual conference. 


Keynote Speakers 

Watch for coming details on this year's keynote speakers! 


Schedule At-A-Glance

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
February 17, 2023
A Virtual Event 

Watch for details on the 2023 schedule.