2017 African-American Children & Families Conference

Welcome to the 6th Annual African American Children and Families Conference, 2017. We at the University of Northern Iowa are proud and privileged to offer many interesting, engaging and culturally competent speakers, workshops, dialogue and professional sharing of ideas and experiences. We strive to provide positive, educational, cultural and current information relative to the well-being of African American children and families.

Our theme for 2018 was "Imagine the Impact: Creating a Caring Community through Vision, Voice and Victory!"


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Wednesday, February 22nd
9:30 AM

11th African American Read-in

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Thursday, February 23rd
5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Institute of African-American Children and Families

Sandra E. Staton

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, February 24th
7:30 AM

Registration & Refreshments

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

7:55 AM

Community Youth Group Performance

University of Northern Iowa

7:55 AM - 8:05 AM

8:00 AM

Welcome, Dean Gaetane Jean-Marie, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa

Gaetane Jean-Marie, University of Northern Iowa

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

8:10 AM

Greetings, Interim President, Jim Wohlpart, University of Northern Iowa

Jim Wohlpart, University of Northern Iowa

8:10 AM - 8:20 AM

8:20 AM

Introduction of Keynote Speaker, The Honorable Quentin Hart, Mayor, City of Waterloo, Iowa

Quentin Hart, City of Waterloo

8:20 AM - 8:30 AM

Keynote Speaker

Rasheed Cromwell, The Harbor Institute

8:20 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM

Responses to the Keynote Presentation

Gaetane Jean-Marie Dr., University of Northern Iowa
Carlos Grant Dr., Washington Highschool, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dwight Watson Dr., Southwest Minnesota State University

8:30 AM - 9:40 AM

9:45 AM

Large Group Session A - Panel of Presenters - African American Children and Families, You Can Make a Difference

University of Northern Iowa

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Large Group Session B - Youth Keynote Speaker

Marshaundus L. Robinson Rev., Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, Waterloo, Iowa

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

10:50 AM

Breakout Session #1 - Creating a Trauma Informed Approach to Addressing Substance Abuse in African American Families Affected by Domestic Abuse

Rose Loggins, University of Northern Iowa
Robert Tyson, University of Northern Iwa

10:50 AM - 11:45 AM

Breakout Session #2 - lowed Entry Without the Code: Finding Ways to Measure Immeasurable Data

Priscilla Culp, Iowa City Community School District

10:50 AM - 11:45 AM

Breakout Session #3 - How to defeat Murphy's Law when you teach!

David Brown Dr., EDpiphany Consulting

10:50 AM - 11:45 AM

11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 12:50 PM

11:50 AM

Featured Guest Presenters

University of Northern Iowa

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM

1:00 PM

Special Community Focus Session - Youth Talk Back

Beverly Smith Dr.
Dwight Watson Dr., Southwest Minnesota State University

1:00 PM - 2:10 PM

2:20 PM

Special Community Focus Session - Making A Difference in Positive Alternatives for Students Who Pose Attention Deficit Challenges- More than Medication!

Theodora Pinnock Dr., MD

2:20 PM - 3:50 PM

3:50 PM

CEUs, Diversity Certificates, Conference Participation Certificates, Turn in Conference Evaluations

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM