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UNI panel discussion to address issues affecting Latino youth

October 30, 2003
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Phyllis Baker, associate dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, (319) 273-2109
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) will present a panel discussion, 'The Changing Face of Iowa: Issues Affecting Latino Youth,' Thursday, Nov. 13, in UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), Room 11.

Panelists will be Barb Anderson, English as a Second Language (ESL) coordinator for Waterloo West High School; Ruben Arce, coordinator/case manager for El Centro Latinoamericano, Waterloo; Roland Carrillo, director, UNI Office of Financial Aid; and Roberto Clemente, assistant professor, UNI Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling & Postsecondary Education. The moderator will be Emiliano Lerda, Northern Iowa Student Government president.

The panel discussion will follow the presentation, 'Latino Youth and the United States Justice System: Another Harvest of Shame,' by Francisco Villarruel, associate professor of Family & Child Ecology and research associate at the Institute for Children, Youth and Families at Michigan State University.

The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Villarruel will speak at 7:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m.

The panel discussion is the first of two presentations in the CSBS Changing Face of Iowa series.

'This series is a chance for UNI faculty and staff to share expertise and start a dialogue with community experts that will help support economic and cultural development in the Cedar Valley,' said Phyllis Baker, CSBS associate dean. 'We want to strengthen and build relationships with alumni, the business community and community support services, and enhance student recruitment.'

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture series, contact the UNI CSBS at (319) 273-2221.

The second part of the series will take place on March 26. The topic will be issues facing Iowa's growing elderly population. The keynote speaker will be Toni Calasanti, professor of sociology and women's studies at Virginia Tech, and author of the book, 'Gender, Social Inequalities and Aging.'