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The Urgency of Equity

April 19


The Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee and the City of Iowa City Human Rights and Equity Department, along with the University of Iowa Public Policy Center are teaming up to host the 2018 Spring Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference: “Urgency for Equity: Focusing on Youth-Serving Institutions” which will be held on April 19, 2018 at Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, IA. This conference will highlight and offer best practices for youth serving institutions who have substantial disparities and disproportionality in their systems.

The event will be hosting two nationally renowned keynote speakers, Dr. Monique W. Morris, cofounder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century  and Push Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. As well as Dr. Michael Benitez Jr., activist-scholar, practitioner, and educator, with extensive experience in diversity issues in higher education, as well as breakout sessions and table talks on addressing disproportionality in Juvenile Justice, Education, City & County Government Departments, Health, Child Welfare, and Social Services.

The aim of the conference is to provide a space to discuss new information and opportunities as well as change institutions & organizations to make evidence-based decisions to implement and monitor change in reduction of youth of color in their systems. We will discuss the repairing and rebuilding of connection for youth who are impacted by institutions that can lead them to the adult criminal system.

Register today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urgency-for-equity-spring-2018-dmc-conference-registration-42727940420?aff=es2

For Hotel Accommodations, please contact Radisson Inn and book your hotel room under the state rate of $65.00 a night

If you need special accommodations, please email LaTasha DeLoach, LMSW at ldeloach@co.johnson.ia.us or call 319.688.5708

We have vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options available

Lactation spaces are available; please check in at registration for access.


The Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee
City of Iowa City Human Rights and Equity Department


Radisson Hotel & Conference Center – Coralville, IA
1220 1st Ave
Coralville, IA 52241 United States
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