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Sept. 17, 2009

UI School of Social Work's Latino Conference in Des Moines set for Oct. 9

The impact of immigration raids, history of Latinos in Iowa, cultural competence, civic engagement, public health issues, education and Latino businesses will be topics covered at the Strengthening and Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa Conference Oct. 9 at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Celebrating its 11th year, the daylong conference is themed "Hecho En Iowa/Made In Iowa." It is coordinated by a statewide planning committee and the University of Iowa School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with the support of Grand View University.

The Strengthening and Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa conference was founded in 1998 to explore the changing demographics and dynamics of Latino communities in Iowa, and to strengthen the responsiveness of policy makers, business leaders and community-based organizations. It has become a cherished gathering of Latinos and non-Latinos as a place to emphasize Latino culture as a strength and provide networking opportunities for Latino leaders who live and work in Iowa.

This year's conference features four workshop opportunities along five tracks: education, business, advocacy and immigration, health and arts/culture. The annual Latino Youth Leadership Summit, which serves 200 Latino junior and senior high school students, will be held concurrently with the conference.

Entertainment will begin at 4:30 p.m., including music by Calle Sur (http://www.la-tc.com/.web/calle/About%20us.html) and a theater performance by Teatro Indocumentado. The group will present "La Historia de Nuestras Vidas/The Story of Our Lives," which describes their experience with the immigration raid on the AgriProcessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, in May 2008.

Certificates of attendance for continuing education will be available. For more information or to register, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~socialwk/LatinoConference2009.html

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Nicole Riehl, UI News Services, 319-384-0070, nicole-riehl@uiowa.edu

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jefri Palermo, UI School of Social Work, 319-335-3750, Jefri-palermo@uiowa.edu; Alex Piedras, Grand View University, 515-263-6017, apiedras@gvc.edu; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070, nicole-riehl@uiowa.edu