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Aug. 24, 2010

Registration begins for 12th annual Iowa Latino Conference, hosted by UI

This fall, the University of Iowa will host the Strengthening and Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa Conference, which will focus on immigrant justice, education, undocumented students, health, violence prevention and Latino culture and identity. The conference will take place Oct. 15-16 in Iowa City.

Coordinated by a statewide planning committee and the UI School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the conference aims to explore the changing demographics and dynamics of Latino communities in Iowa, and to strengthen the responsiveness of policy makers, business leaders and community organizations. Celebrating its 12th year, the event has become a cherished gathering of Latinos and non-Latinos as a place to emphasize strengths of Latino culture and to provide networking opportunities for Latino leaders in Iowa.

Registration is under way for this year’s conference, themed "Latinos in Movement! Through Activism, Education and the Arts," or "¡Latinos en Movimiento! A Través del Activismo, la Educación y el Arte." Registration details and a schedule are available at, and continuing education certificates will be available for participants.

This year's events include:

--The Latino Youth Leadership Summit, Friday, Oct. 15, Iowa Memorial Union. Features 20 workshops on five tracks: education/careers, advocacy/immigration, health, arts/culture and personal/interpersonal. The summit serves more than 200 Latino junior and senior high school students from Iowa each year.

--The Latino Institute for Professional Development, Friday, Oct. 15, University Conference Center (UCC). Features 12 workshops on topics such as serving undocumented students, immigrant rights, cultural competency, employment discrimination and domestic violence.

--"Celebremos!: An Evening of Latino Performance Arts," 7 p.m Friday, Oct. 15, Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union. Celebrated UI choreographers Eloy Barragan and Armando Duarte will present performance pieces. The evening also features performances by the National Ballet of Mexico, InterDance, ACE experiment, the Omeyocan Dance Company and the Latin American music group Calle Sur.

--The Statewide Latino Conference, Saturday, Oct. 16, Iowa City West High School. A full-day event including 21 workshops presented by educators, advocates, scholars and business leaders as well as special presentations and performances by members of the UI Department of Dance, local dance companies and the National Ballet of Mexico. The Iowa Commission on Latino Affairs will present awards to state leaders during lunch. Saturday conference events will be interpreted for Spanish and English speakers.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at West High, the keynote address will be presented by William Perez, associate professor of education at Claremont Graduate University and author of the acclaimed book, "We ARE American: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream." Perez's research focuses on the social and psychological development of immigrant youth. He also studies the academic achievement and higher education access of Latino students. Perez is active in the national movement with and on behalf of undocumented students gaining access to higher education.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jefri Palermo, School of Social Work, 319-335-3750,; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070,