Symposium addresses colorism April 3

Symposium addresses colorism April 3

Registration is open for the Helen Kelley Symposium for Excellence in Education, which is April 3 in Memorial Stadium.
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Registration is open for the Helen Kelley Symposium for Excellence in Education, which is April 3 in Memorial Stadium.

The Helen Kelley Symposium for Excellence in Education will address issues such as colorism, racial identity, poverty, class, and early childhood development and encourage discussion among early childhood educators and professionals in the area.

The event will take place on 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 3 at the West Stadium Club inside Memorial Stadium with breakout sessions to follow.

Hosted by the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, the Helen Kelley Symposium will feature Linda Burton, director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, James B. Duke professor of sociology, and professor of public policy at Duke University.

Using the inspiring story of 7-year-old Andre, Burton will illustrate why color, race and societal factors matter, and what any one person or family can do to make a difference.

Burton has more than a decade of administrative experience from leading two National Institute of Mental Health consortia and postdoctoral training programs and a lengthy history of leading large-scale federally- and private-foundation-funded ethnographic and mixed methods studies of poverty, family processes, and human development across the life course.

Local legislators, state policy officials, university and public school officials, early childhood and elementary education teachers and professionals are encouraged to register to attend this event.

This event is open to the public and there will be parking validation available for the first 50 off-campus vehicles in the stadium parking garage.

For more information, send email to katie@unl.edu.