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2006.01.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Social Equity Leadership Conference Set for Feb. 2-3

Omaha - National, state and local leaders in public administration are expected to attend the fifth annual Social Equity Leadership Conference on Feb. 2 and 3, which is being hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) in collaboration with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).  Issues related to social equity and solutions to address disparities in public health and law enforcement will be the focus of the event. 

"This conference will not only highlight social equity issues, but our speakers and presenters will show how large national problems may have solutions at the local level," said B.J. Reed, dean of CPACS.  Reed was recently named a NAPA fellow.

Costis Toregas, chair of the NAPA Social Equity in Governance Panel, will be attending the conference and moderating an open session focusing on local responses to issues involving health and justice.  Toregas recently capped a 32-year career at the Public Technology Institute (PTI), retiring with the title of president emeritus.  He steered the Washington D.C.-based organization to unprecedented success by creating innovative public/private partnerships, Reed said.  Nationally, he is known for advocating for the strengthening of local governments through the effective use of technology.

Some of the other topics to be covered in small group and panel sessions include HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, mental health, substance abuse, arrest and criminal profiling, criminal sentencing and community safety.  All of the sessions will be held at Embassy Suites Omaha Downtown, 555 S. 10th St.

KETV Kaleidoscope host Ben Gray will give the keynote dinner address.  Other invited local officials and professionals taking part in sessions include Omaha Police Chief Tom Warren; Rubens Pamies, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; Robert P. Houston, director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services; Jose Romero, a physician at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and board member of the Chicano Awareness Center; and Marilyn McGary, president and chief executive officer for the Urban League of Nebraska Inc.  Paul Landow, chief of staff for Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and Tanya Cook of the Governor's Office will welcome conference attendees.

For more information on the Social Equity Leadership Conference, call (402) 554-2442.

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